Gallantry



[gal-uh n-tree] /ˈgæl ən tri/

noun, plural gallantries.
1.
dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.
2.
or courtly attention to women.
3.
a act, action, or speech.
/ˈɡæləntrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
conspicuous courage, esp in war: the gallantry of the troops
2.
polite attentiveness to women
3.
a gallant action, speech, etc
n.

1590s, “fine appearance,” from French galanterie (16c.), from Old French galant (see gallant). Meaning “gallant behavior” is from 1630s. Middle English had gallantness “merriment, gaiety, high living” (late 15c.).

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