Adjective "gallantry" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Courageous behaviour, especially in battle.
  1. 'His officer received the Military Cross, a lower order than the VC that's given to officers who display gallantry in battle.'
  2. 'By the mid-18th century a distinction was being drawn between awards for individual acts of gallantry and those for distinguished service in a battle or campaign.'
  3. 'Thus Morgan had the unique pleasure of presenting Italy's highest award for gallantry to the brave man who tried to sink his ship three years and three months before.'
  4. 'Old-fashioned words like courage, gallantry, and honor are the only ones that can be used to describe and explain the combat wartime performance of the Argentine air force and naval air personnel.'
  5. 'On top of the flag, along with his other medals, lay the DSC he was awarded for gallantry and devotion as a fighter pilot who so nearly lost his life fighting for this country.'
  6. 'Today the structures defy time to tell the story of gallantry, courage and tragedy of the bygone era and its story of survival in the harsh Thar Dessert.'
  7. 'Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit - for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love…'
  8. 'The OBE is not an award for gallantry, but given for exceptionally meritorious service. His citation for this has nothing whatever to do with his civil driving record, nor what the judge may have said before sentencing.'
  9. 'As with the Irish-born in 1871 several of the twenty-nine won medals for outstanding gallantry.'
  10. 'Users can therefore search for medal awards (mainly gallantry and meritorious service awards), army and navy commissions, promotions, the naturalisation of an ancestor and much more during this crucial period in history.'
Polite attention or respect given by men to women.
  1. 'These works are considered as icons of amorous pursuits in an age of gallantry and the accompanying and complementary coquetry.'
  2. 'And I was embarrassed by him, too young for his shy approaches, too unused to such respectful gallantry.'
  3. 'In his treatment of the sexual undertones of courtly love and seventeenth-century gallantry, Maidment's wicked sense of humour could reduce a tutorial to helpless laughter.'
  4. 'This is how it should be, for its subject could also be reasonably designated a light confection, albeit of quite exceptionally distinctive intelligence, oratorical power and studied chivalric gallantry.'
  5. 'I courted her with all the genteel gallantries of a minstrel'
  6. 'This makes for a well-rounded graduate student capable of effectively assuming a role in a field of their choosing, wary of both the gallantries and pitfalls potentially ahead of them.'
  7. 'Every day saw him engaged in cultivating a taste for literature and art, and some moments of every day were set apart for social gallantries.'
  8. 'Infirimities of nature we are all subject to, and therefore I have sent master Pompey to wait upon miss Veny, begging the favour of you to return him as soon as his gallantries are over.'
  9. 'After this brilliant success Etherege retired from literature; his gallantries and his gambling in a few years deprived him of his fortune, and he looked about for a rich wife.'
  10. 'He who exposed the gallantries of a Lady of Quality, or the faults and foibles of a Patrician, was, forsooth, deemed to bear hostile purposes against the Commonwealth: for this is the construction of Treason by the Lawyers.'
  11. '‘But, Sir, this lady does not want that the contract should be dissolved; she only argues that she may indulge herself in gallantries with equal freedom as her husband does, provided she takes care not to introduce a spurious issue into his family.’'
  12. 'It is quite clear in the above exchange about Mr Woodhouse's gallantries that she knows she is galling Emma: she wants to gall her rival and does it with malicious and practised expertise.'
  13. '‘Indeed, Jack,’ said Jones, ‘you wilfully misunderstand me; I do not fancy women are so apt to fall in love; but you have gone far beyond common gallantries.’'
  14. 'The flame was glorious - radiant with the colours of antique knighthood and the flashing gallantries of the past; but no substance fed it; flaring wildly, it tossed to and fro in the wind; it was suddenly put out.'

More definitions

1. dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.

2. gallant or courtly attention to women.

3. a gallant act, action, or speech.

More examples(as adjective)

"medals can be gallantry."

"awards can be gallantry."


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘splendour, ornamentation’): from French galanterie, from galant (see gallant).