Adjective "chivalrous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a man or his behaviour) courteous and gallant, especially towards women.
  1. 'That man worried him; he was too chivalrous for his own good, too careless for his chivalry.'
  2. 'As for chivalrous men, well, if you really want your man to adhere to the courtly standards of medieval Europe, you'd better be prepared for rotting teeth and rampant body odour.'
  3. 'He was chivalrous in his treatment of women, but absolutely void of sexual desire.'
  4. 'The western ideal of chivalrous behaviour in warriors, now extensive to all soldiers, continues to be honoured centuries after the disappearance of the armoured knight.'
  5. 'Myoga stood once more, stepping over to the two where he bowed, taking Epoxie's hand in his and kissing it like a chivalrous gentleman.'
  6. 'He gave the green belt back to Gawain, and said that he did so for him to remember, and for other chivalrous men to know his adventure at the green chapel.'
  7. 'Common folk also exhibited chivalrous conduct, though in less glamorous ways.'
  8. 'A chivalrous chap, Randall gives the girl a shoulder to cry on, although Hopkirk feels that his corporeal colleague is being perhaps a little too attentive.'
  9. 'Oh, so now you're some sort of chivalrous guy again?'
  10. 'Wow, you really are the most chivalrous gentleman I've ever met.'
  11. 'the concept of chivalrous combat'
  12. 'Many think the highlight of the festival is the knights reenacting the most chivalrous sport of the era: jousting.'
  13. 'The rhetoric of Knighthood located individual Knights of Columbus within an unbroken lineage of valiant Christian knights, and specifically valorized the Catholic component of chivalrous manhood.'
  14. 'He was the most handsome and chivalrous knight in the kingdom and one day taught his white crow how to speak the language of humans.'
  15. 'The Romantics therefore studied the Middle Ages, the Christian civilization par excellence, with its Gothic cathedrals, chivalrous knights, and popular faith.'
  16. 'That doesn't means you can't be brave, strong and chivalrous.'
  17. 'Changes in war, government, and economy made the chivalrous, aristocratic knight obsolete and the Renaissance made classical literature more popular.'
  18. 'The sword and the mail made him look downright medieval, like some chivalrous knight.'
  19. 'In martial-arts films, audiences like to identify with chivalrous knights, swordsmen, or heroic fighters of the past - but only if their values and wisecracks are tuned to the modern world.'
  20. 'The frontier lands became an area where chivalrous knights could show their prowess and their achievements be recorded in ballads.'
  21. '‘Wu xia’ means chivalrous combat, and ‘pian’ means film.'


1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.

2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.

3. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.

More examples(as adjective)

"knights can be chivalrous."

"attitudes can be chivalrous."

"values can be chivalrous."

"upholders can be chivalrous."

"treatments can be chivalrous."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘characteristic of a medieval knight’): from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier (see chevalier).