WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
chiv•al•ry /ˈʃɪvəlri/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- World Historythe qualities expected of a knight, including courage, generosity, and courtesy.
- World Historythe institution of knighthood in the Middle Ages.
(shiv′əl rē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ries for 6.
- World Historythe sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.
- World Historythe rules and customs of medieval knighthood.
- World Historythe medieval system or institution of knighthood.
- World Historya group of knights.
- World Historygallant warriors or gentlemen:fair ladies and noble chivalry.
- World History[Archaic.]a chivalrous act;
- Anglo-French, Old French chevalerie, equivalent. to chevalier chevalier + -ie -y3
- Middle English chivalrie 1250–1300
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chivalry /ˈʃɪvəlrɪ/ n ( pl -ries)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French chevalerie, from chevalierˈchivalric adj
- the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak
- courteous behaviour, esp towards women
- the medieval system and principles of knighthood
- knights, noblemen, etc, collectively
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