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Definition of "chivalrous" [chiv•al•rous]

  • Having the qualities of gallantry and honor attributed to an ideal knight. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to chivalry. (adjective)
  • Characterized by consideration and courtesy, especially toward women. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chivalrous" in a sentence
  • "Louis Mountbatten, the Commander, ordered the enemy crew, who had all safely abandoned ship, to be brought on board in chivalrous recognition of their treatment of the foundered Greeks."
  • "Are the odds so impossibly great that Ashley Todd just randomly played the card that got countless Black men lynched across this country on many times the mere word of a complainant, or ... the perception of someone standing in chivalrous stead for a complainant?"
  • "A favourite theme with the company was the want of soldiers or generals at the North, and the impossibility that a set of mechanics and tradesmen, who knew only how to make money and keep it, should be able in chivalrous and gentlemanly exercises to cope with the Southern cavaliers, who were accustomed to sword and pistol and the use of them from their youth up."