Definition of chivalrous in English:

chivalrous

adjective

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

    ‘shall I be chivalrous and offer you my coat?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chris was a very chivalrous guy and one of the nicest guys I had ever met.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And you ask why chivalrous men are a dying breed?’
    • ‘Then I'll be the chivalrous husband and let you sleep.’
    • ‘He was chivalrous in his treatment of women, but absolutely void of sexual desire.’
    • ‘I'll bear no less than my husband, and he is so chivalrous I doubt that I'll bear as much.’
    • ‘Wow, you really are the most chivalrous gentleman I've ever met.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Henry was a chivalrous man at heart, and he loved the chance to save me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nathan pulled Melanie's chair out for her and she blushed forgetting how dining with a chivalrous man felt like.’
    • ‘That man worried him; he was too chivalrous for his own good, too careless for his chivalry.’
    • ‘Common folk also exhibited chivalrous conduct, though in less glamorous ways.’
    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’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘The sword and the mail made him look downright medieval, like some chivalrous knight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was an elf of great bearing, every bit the chivalrous knight and mentor.’
      • ‘‘Wu xia’ means chivalrous combat, and ‘pian’ means film.’
      • ‘This noble, chivalrous gesture must have seemed like sacrilege or blasphemy to them, and they were probably afraid of the spirits of the dead.’
      • ‘That doesn't means you can't be brave, strong and chivalrous.’
      • ‘Many think the highlight of the festival is the knights reenacting the most chivalrous sport of the era: jousting.’
      • ‘She thought that the knights and their chivalrous code had already gone extinct in Europe and from the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Arthur unites the disorganized tribes of Britain into a kingdom ruled by chivalrous, noble knights.’
      • ‘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 the most handsome and chivalrous knight in the kingdom and one day taught his white crow how to speak the language of humans.’
      • ‘The Romantics therefore studied the Middle Ages, the Christian civilization par excellence, with its Gothic cathedrals, chivalrous knights, and popular faith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Changes in war, government, and economy made the chivalrous, aristocratic knight obsolete and the Renaissance made classical literature more popular.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The frontier lands became an area where chivalrous knights could show their prowess and their achievements be recorded in ballads.’
      knightly, noble, chivalric
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘characteristic of a medieval knight’): from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier (see chevalier).

Pronunciation

chivalrous

/ˈʃɪv(ə)lrəs/