Definition of gallantry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡæləntri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæləntri//
    [uncountable] (formal) Brave
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  1. 1courage, especially in a battle a medal for gallantry She praised the gallantry of the servicemen and women who had given their lives for their country. See related entries: Brave
  2. 2polite attention given by men to women ‘I like to think that gallantry isn’t dead,’ he said, kissing her hand.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘splendour, ornamentation’): from French galanterie, from galant, from galer ‘have fun, make a show’, from gale ‘pleasure, rejoicing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gallantry