Gallant



[adjective gal-uh nt for 1, 3, 4; guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uh nt for 2, 5; noun guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uh nt; verb guh-lant, -lahnt] /adjective ˈgæl ənt for 1, 3, 4; gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt for 2, 5; noun gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt; verb gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt/

adjective
1.
brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous:
a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
2.
exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
3.
stately; grand:
a gallant pageant.
4.
showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.
5.
amorous; amatory.
noun
6.
a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
7.
a man exceptionally attentive to women.
8.
a stylish and dashing man.
9.
a suitor or lover.
10.
a paramour.
verb (used with object)
11.
to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
12.
to escort (a woman).
verb (used without object)
13.
to attend or pay court as a gallant.
[gal-uh nt] /ˈgæl ənt/
noun
1.
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adjective (ˈɡælənt)
1.
brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashing: a gallant warrior
2.
(ɡəˈlænt; ˈɡælənt). (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
3.
imposing; dignified; stately: a gallant ship
4.
(archaic) showy in dress
noun (archaic) (ˈɡælənt; ɡəˈlænt)
5.
a woman’s lover or suitor
6.
a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
7.
a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man
verb (rare) (ɡəˈlænt; ˈɡælənt)
8.
when intr, usually foll by with. to court or flirt (with)
9.
(transitive) to attend or escort (a woman)
adj.

mid-15c., “showy, finely dressed; gay, merry,” from Old French galant “courteous,” earlier “amusing, entertaining; lively, bold” (14c.), present participle of galer “rejoice, make merry,” generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- “good, well,” from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon “to wander, go on a pilgrimage”), from PIE *wel- “to wish, will” (see will (v.)), “but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up” [OED]. Sense of “politely attentive to women” was adopted 17c. from French.
n.

“man of fashion and pleasure,” mid-15c., earlier “dissolute man, rake” (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).

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