- having the qualities of , as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
- considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
- gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
- gallant; courteous
- involving chivalry
mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros “knightly, noble, chivalrous,” from chevalier (see ; also cf. ). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.