Definition of chivalrous in English:



  • 1(of a man or his behaviour) courteous and gallant, especially towards women.

    ‘shall I be chivalrous and offer you my coat?’
    • ‘Common folk also exhibited chivalrous conduct, though in less glamorous ways.’
    • ‘Chris was a very chivalrous guy and one of the nicest guys I had ever met.’
    • ‘And you ask why chivalrous men are a dying breed?’
    • ‘That man worried him; he was too chivalrous for his own good, too careless for his chivalry.’
    • ‘Now that I know him and he's my husband, he's so chivalrous.’
    • ‘And chivalrous men become burdened by feelings of guilt and shame when they hear stories of husbands who beat up their wives.’
    • ‘Nathan pulled Melanie's chair out for her and she blushed forgetting how dining with a chivalrous man felt like.’
    • ‘Wow, you really are the most chivalrous gentleman I've ever met.’
    • ‘As for chivalrous men, well, if you really want your man to adhere to the courtly standards of medieval Europe, you'd better be prepared for rotting teeth and rampant body odour.’
    • ‘A chivalrous chap, Randall gives the girl a shoulder to cry on, although Hopkirk feels that his corporeal colleague is being perhaps a little too attentive.’
    • ‘I'll bear no less than my husband, and he is so chivalrous I doubt that I'll bear as much.’
    • ‘Henry was a chivalrous man at heart, and he loved the chance to save me.’
    • ‘Myoga stood once more, stepping over to the two where he bowed, taking Epoxie's hand in his and kissing it like a chivalrous gentleman.’
    • ‘His son appeared as ‘this most gallant man and chivalrous prince’ who, at his death in 1376, a year before Edward III himself died, ‘was deeply mourned for his noble qualities’.’
    • ‘He was chivalrous in his treatment of women, but absolutely void of sexual desire.’
    • ‘The western ideal of chivalrous behaviour in warriors, now extensive to all soldiers, continues to be honoured centuries after the disappearance of the armoured knight.’
    • ‘Oh, so now you're some sort of chivalrous guy again?’
    • ‘A chivalrous guy who is tall, dark and handsome (yes, the good old TDH) stands tall in his social circle.’
    • ‘Then I'll be the chivalrous husband and let you sleep.’
    • ‘He gave the green belt back to Gawain, and said that he did so for him to remember, and for other chivalrous men to know his adventure at the green chapel.’
    gallant, gentlemanly, honourable, respectful, thoughtful, considerate, protective, attentive
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the historical concept of chivalry.
      ‘the concept of chivalrous combat’
      • ‘Moreover, David's Castle, we are told, was where he and his chivalrous companions honed their martial skills: they are knights of yore, as imagined by a Romantic artist.’
      • ‘That doesn't means you can't be brave, strong and chivalrous.’
      • ‘This noble, chivalrous gesture must have seemed like sacrilege or blasphemy to them, and they were probably afraid of the spirits of the dead.’
      • ‘The Romantics therefore studied the Middle Ages, the Christian civilization par excellence, with its Gothic cathedrals, chivalrous knights, and popular faith.’
      • ‘She thought that the knights and their chivalrous code had already gone extinct in Europe and from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘He could remember being told great stories about the chivalrous knights in his grandfather's time, those whom had fought with honour, discipline and great skill.’
      • ‘The rhetoric of Knighthood located individual Knights of Columbus within an unbroken lineage of valiant Christian knights, and specifically valorized the Catholic component of chivalrous manhood.’
      • ‘The frontier lands became an area where chivalrous knights could show their prowess and their achievements be recorded in ballads.’
      • ‘The sword and the mail made him look downright medieval, like some chivalrous knight.’
      • ‘In martial-arts films, audiences like to identify with chivalrous knights, swordsmen, or heroic fighters of the past - but only if their values and wisecracks are tuned to the modern world.’
      • ‘He was an elf of great bearing, every bit the chivalrous knight and mentor.’
      • ‘Changes in war, government, and economy made the chivalrous, aristocratic knight obsolete and the Renaissance made classical literature more popular.’
      • ‘Surely only the most chivalrous knight would stand forth boldly, without armor, without the element of surprise, trusting only in his virtue and nobility to protect him!’
      • ‘His destiny, he believed, was to be a great historical novelist chronicling chivalrous knights and glorious deeds, and from that viewpoint Holmes was a liability, and his popularity exasperating.’
      • ‘He was the most handsome and chivalrous knight in the kingdom and one day taught his white crow how to speak the language of humans.’
      • ‘‘Wu xia’ means chivalrous combat, and ‘pian’ means film.’
      • ‘Not that Loki didn't like girls or anything, he just went about his ways as a chivalrous knight in shining armor would, staring at them from a distance.’
      • ‘Arranged in formation on a bulletin board or wall, these knights in shining armor make an impressive display of brave and chivalrous warriors ready to defend the honor of any art room or hallway!’
      • ‘Arthur unites the disorganized tribes of Britain into a kingdom ruled by chivalrous, noble knights.’
      • ‘Many think the highlight of the festival is the knights reenacting the most chivalrous sport of the era: jousting.’
      knightly, noble, chivalric
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘characteristic of a medieval knight’): from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier (see chevalier).