Definition of chevalier in English:



  • 1A knight.

    • ‘The poor chevalier de La Barre subsequently joined Calas in the ranks of the Enlightenment's martyrs.’
    • ‘He was the official painter to the daughters of Louis XV, and then became painter to Jean Philippe, chevalier d' Orleans.’
    • ‘Philippe, chevalier de Lorraine, like Guiche before him, bore a striking resemblance to Louis himself.’
    • ‘Things go south, however, once the chevalier meets the noble gentry and gets down to the business of solving the mystery.’
    • ‘In 1808 the imperial nobility was completed with the ranks of count, baron, and chevalier, all of them hereditary.’
    cavalier, cavalryman, horseman, equestrian
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    1. 1.1 A member of certain orders of knighthood or of modern French orders such as the Legion of Honour.
      • ‘He was also made chevalier of the Légion d' Honneur and was honoured by a large number of learned societies around the world.’
      • ‘He was also honoured with France's highest cultural honour, becoming a chevalier of the Legion d' Honneur, in the same year Sophie met a brutal death.’
      • ‘Coolidge organised courses for his men at the Sorbonne in 1919 and in that year the French government made him a chevalier of the Légion d' Honneur.’
      • ‘He was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1896, and received the Order of Saint Michael from the government of Bavaria in 1898.’
      • ‘He was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour by his second country in 1896 and a commander of the order in 1933.’
    2. 1.2British A title of the Old and Young Pretenders.
      • ‘If anybody needs reminding, Hector and Plunder also went by the names of Charles Edward and Henry Benedict, i.e. the Young Pretender / Chevalier and his brother.’


Late Middle English (denoting a horseman or mounted knight): from Old French, from medieval Latin caballarius, from Latin caballus ‘horse’. Compare with caballero and cavalier.