Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood.
  • noun The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
  • noun A manifestation of any of these qualities.
  • noun A group of knights or gallant gentlemen.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A knightly adventure, exploit, or mode of action.
  • noun An order or a body of knights; knights or warriors collectively; any company of illustrious warriors.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
  • noun The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
  • noun The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.
  • noun (Eng. Law) 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.
  • noun obsolete Exploit.
  • noun a court formerly held before the lord high constable and earl marshal of England as judges, having cognizance of contracts and other matters relating to deeds of arms and war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical Cavalry; horsemen armed for battle.
  • noun obsolete The fact or condition of being a knight; knightly skill, prowess.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Courtesy, respect and honorable conduct between opponents in wartime.
  • noun Courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun courtesy towards women
  • noun the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English chivalrie, from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier, knight; see chevalier.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English chivalrie, a late 13th century loan from Old French word chevalerie, "knighthood, chivalry, nobility, cavalry" (11th century), the -erie abstract of chevaler "knight, horseman", from Medieval Latin caballarius ("horseman, knight"), a derivation from caballus ("horse"). Medieval Latin caballaria ("knighthood, status or fief of a knight") dates to the 12th century.

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  • Rules of polite and honorable behavior that knights (gentlemen) were supposed to follow. It did not originally mean courtesy solely toward women. From chevalier.

    August 24, 2008

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    September 5, 2008

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    September 5, 2008

  • Why thank you, kind sir.

    September 5, 2008