from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood.
- n. The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
- n. A manifestation of any of these qualities.
- n. A group of knights or gallant gentlemen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Cavalry; horsemen armed for battle.
- n. The fact or condition of being a knight; knightly skill, prowess.
- n. The ethical code of the knight prevalent in Medieval Europe, having such primary virtues as mercy towards the poor and oppressed, humility, honor, sacrifice, fear of God, faithfulness, courage and utmost graciousness and courtesy to ladies.
- n. Courtesy, respect and honorable conduct between opponents in wartime.
- n. Courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
- n. The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
- n. The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.
- n. A tenure of lands by knight's service; that is, by the condition of a knight's performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to his lord.
- n. Exploit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Knighthood; the medieval system of military privileges, with its peculiar honorary titles and aristocratic limitations of honorable position to the possessors of those titles, founded upon the several degrees of military service rendered on horseback. See knight.
- n. That which pertains to knighthood; the usages and customs pertaining to the order of knighthood; the ideal qualifications of a knight, collectively, as courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms; the ideal of knighthood.
- n. A knightly adventure, exploit, or mode of action.
- n. An order or a body of knights; knights or warriors collectively; any company of illustrious warriors.
- n. In English law, a tenure of lands by knight's service—that is, by the condition of performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to the lord. See knight-service and tenure.
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- n. courtesy towards women
- n. the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct
This people — I mean the more lofty-minded of these crusaders, who act up to the pretences of the doctrines which they call chivalry — despise the thirst of gold, and gold itself, unless to hilt their swords, or to furnish forth some necessary expenses, as alike useless and contemptible.
It was also a vehicle for that element which we call chivalry, which the church infused into it to fashion and mould the rude soldiers of feudal times into Christian knights, and, as it
This people -- I mean the more lofty-minded of these crusaders, who act up to the pretences of the doctrines which they call chivalry -- despise the thirst of gold, and gold itself, unless to hilt their swords, or to furnish forth some necessary expenses, as alike useless and contemptible.
Who says chivalry is dead!!?? agree with robinhood.
Anyway, on the topic of gender (since you brought it up), I'm not being chauvinistic or anything (although technically chivalry is chauvinistic, and most women seem to love it), but I think it's telling that there has never been a female in the Navy SEALS.
Ken you might be my exclusive proof that chivalry is not dead, you RULE!
So, Ranulph's identity is invested in chivalry and knighthood because, due to a traumatic brush with his family's political shenannigans, he has a now-instinctive dislike of nuance.
The shame imposed originates in chivalry, in the idea that men must lay down their lives for their wives and their loved ones.
In westerns, Wright says, chivalry is expected but modern culture dictates that women be treated as equals.
As my wife Grace tells me, the age of chivalry is dead.