Gallantry Gal"lant*ry, n.; pl. {Gallantries}. [F. galanterie.] 1. Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . when the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry. [1913 Webster]

3. Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bad sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue. [1913 Webster]

4. Gallant persons, collectively. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of Troy. --Shak.

Syn: See {Courage}, and {Heroism}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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