Definition of gallant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡælənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡælənt//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned or literary) brave, especially in a very difficult situation synonym heroic gallant soldiers She made a gallant attempt to hide her tears. See related entries: Brave
  2. 2(of a man) giving polite attention to women ‘I left her standing in the rain.’ ‘That wasn’t very gallant of you.’
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘finely dressed’): from Old French galant, from galer ‘have fun, make a show’, from gale ‘pleasure, rejoicing’.
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