gallant

[ adjective gal-uhnt for 1, 3, 4; guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uhnt for 2, 5; noun guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uhnt; verb guh-lant, -lahnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF gallant
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Mortimer's gallant act had roused the Irishman's admiration.

At this period the gallant O'Neill was in great uncertainty.

And then come the fighting-men—a gallant, ragged, indomitable band.

But they are gallant men and while life lasts they will not be denied.

Gallant men of our own army will be overwhelmed unless we get up in time!

She noted his fearless poise, and she saw the gallant spirit in his eye.

A gallant gentleman answers, 'I know it; I'll try to show I know it.'

The parents of the maiden had confided her to the care of the gallant shepherds.

But the retreat was covered in gallant style by the reserve.

Ladies are carrying off our gallant soldiers from their duty.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.

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