chivalry

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
chiv•al•ry /ˈʃɪvəlri/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. World Historythe qualities expected of a knight, including courage, generosity, and courtesy.
  2. World Historythe institution of knighthood in the Middle Ages.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
chiv•al•ry  (shivəl rē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ries  for 6.
  1. World Historythe sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.
  2. World Historythe rules and customs of medieval knighthood.
  3. World Historythe medieval system or institution of knighthood.
  4. World Historya group of knights.
  5. World Historygallant warriors or gentlemen:fair ladies and noble chivalry.
  6. World History[Archaic.]a chivalrous act;
    gallant deed.
  • Anglo-French, Old French chevalerie, equivalent. to chevalier chevalier + -ie -y3
  • Middle English chivalrie 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

chivalry /ˈʃɪvəlrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
  1. the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak
  2. courteous behaviour, esp towards women
  3. the medieval system and principles of knighthood
  4. knights, noblemen, etc, collectively
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier

ˈchivalric adj



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