Definition of Gallant

1. Noun. A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance.

Exact synonyms: Beau, Clotheshorse, Dandy, Dude, Fashion Plate, Fop, Sheik, Swell
Specialized synonyms: Cockscomb, Coxcomb, Macaroni
Generic synonyms: Adult Male, Man
Specialized synonyms: Beau Brummell, Brummell, George Bryan Brummell
Derivative terms: Dandify

2. Adjective. Unflinching in battle or action. "Put up a gallant resistance to the attackers"
Similar to: Brave, Courageous

3. Noun. A man who attends or escorts a woman.
Exact synonyms: Squire
Generic synonyms: Attendant, Attender, Tender

4. Adjective. Lively and spirited. "A dashing hero"
Exact synonyms: Dashing
Similar to: Spirited

5. Adjective. Having or displaying great dignity or nobility. "Proud alpine peaks"
Exact synonyms: Lofty, Majestic, Proud
Similar to: Impressive
Derivative terms: Loftiness, Majesty

6. Adjective. Being attentive to women like an ideal knight.
Exact synonyms: Chivalrous, Knightly
Similar to: Courteous
Derivative terms: Chivalry, Knight

Definition of Gallant

1. a. Showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well- dressed.

2. a. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.

3. n. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood.

4. v. t. To attend or wait on, as a lady; as, to gallant ladies to the play.

Definition of Gallant

1. Adjective. Brave, valiant. ¹

2. Adjective. Honorable. ¹

3. Adjective. Grand, noble. ¹

4. Adjective. Very polite with women. ¹

5. Noun. (dated) Fashionable young man, who is polite and attentive to women. ¹

6. Noun. One who woos, a lover, a suitor, a seducer. ¹

7. Noun. An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon. ¹

8. Noun. (nautical) topgallant ¹

9. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To attend or wait on (a lady). ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To handle with grace or in a modish manner. ¹

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Definition of Gallant

1. to court a woman [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Gallant

1. 1. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay; fashionable man; a young blood. 2. One fond of paying attention to ladies. 3. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer. In the first sense it is by some orthoepists (as in Shakespeare) accented on the first syllable. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gallant

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gallant (current term)

Literary usage of Gallant

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1. A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire (1824)
"gallant. THIS word is dented from gal, the original signification of which was gaiety and rejoicing, as may be seen in Alain Chartier, and in Froissard; ..."

2. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"Resolutions expressive of the ¡true of Congress of the gallant conduct of Jan. 6, 1814. Captain Oliver H. Perry, the officers, seamen, marines and infantry ..."

3. Poems of American History by Burton Egbert Stevenson (1908)
"Fate decreed that they should die; Pitying angels breathed a sigh; Freedom wildly wept on high, For the gallant Fifty-one! There they stood in proud array; ..."

4. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... gallant son, Priest to Ida:an Zeus, and like a God Honour'd amongst the people ; him he struck Under the ear and jaw ; fast fled away The spirit from ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"a gallant, goodly fellow ;' properly spelt galant (with one /), as in mod. ... Of uncertain origin ; Diez rejects a connection with gala and gallant (Span, ..."

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