Adjective "gallant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person or their behaviour) brave; heroic.
  1. 'On the pitch two gallant teams went at it hammer and tongs while off it, their passionate supporters kept up an incessant cacophony, which will not, I'll warrant, be equalled at the county final.'
  2. 'The life of this wrecked if gallant woman has become, not the cautionary tale it was in 1970, but an achievement to applaud.'
  3. 'And in any case, our gallant troops will now be fully occupied in cleaning up the neighbourhood.'
  4. 'Championed by one of China's leading directors, it ran for a month and was enthusiastically received by all but the traditionalists who believed a play is not a play without a gallant hero completing some epic task.'
  5. 'And I want the public to know, the national media to know that they have not been given the names of the gallant volunteers.'
  6. 'Six and a half years into his premiership, after seven Queen's speeches, umpteen reshuffles and relaunches, the New Labour Dreadnought is listing, its gallant captain beginning to look his 50 years.'
  7. 'Here he once again proved that he was a brave and gallant soldier.'
  8. 'The total figure raised by these gallant ladies on their Sit Out Night in aid of Newry Hospice in December amounted to £2,700 and 1,700 euro.'
  9. 'Just when a draw seemed inevitable a break upfield saw the ball fall to Collingwood and he kept his cool under pressure to send over the winning points to give his side a win they just about deserved over gallant opponents.'
  10. 'For this gallant lady, the future would not be altered with simply a healthy diet.'
  11. 'they made a gallant array as they marched off'
(of a man) charmingly attentive and chivalrous to women.
  1. 'Pamella thought that was very gallant of him'
  2. 'Henry was in his twenties, was handsome and gallant and well-trained in the ways of chivalry.'
  3. 'She'd be surprised if he hadn't any, considering his more than handsome face and his gallant manners, however well the latter may be hidden to Em.'
  4. 'Some strange man, gallant and handsome, was tucking her into bed, with the help of another person, apparently female.'
  5. 'Automatically Greg takes her hand, like the good gallant man he is, and draws her nearer as Jem walks stiffly away.'
  6. 'Otherwise she would have known that I was neither gallant nor gentlemanly.'
  7. 'Pisces men are often seen as gallant (opening doors, and offering a hand) and both sexes can be self-sacrificing often putting the needs of their lover ahead of their own.'
  8. 'The first Crusader army formed in a gallant, chivalric manner, as a by-product of a tournament help in Champagne in November 1199.'
  9. 'Miles addresses his governess as ‘my dear’ and treats her with the gallant manner of a beau, not a child.'
  10. 'Hollander was reported as describing Bulgarian men as gallant, caring, and somehow mysterious.'
  11. 'Maybe you know the guy that says, with a gallant gleam in his eye, ‘I think women's pro basketball is just a fine sport.’'


A man who is charmingly attentive to women.
  1. 'In the past, great love affairs often began with the judicious dropping of a glove and its recovery by a charming gallant.'
  2. 'Sadly these were in fact few, with the Oxford gallants ' ambitions tempered by the 11.30 pm departure of their coach from the post-match nightclub, meaning that ‘good chat’ was all that was gained from the occasion.'
  3. 'This was too much for three young gallants, themselves suitors of the young lady.'
  4. 'You should be dancing with gallants, not hiding in a corner!'
  5. 'The boy, though, was an accessory the gallant could ill afford.'
  6. 'Sooner the earth will swallow down a few of those young gallants who eat you out of house and home these days!'
  7. 'If these markings imply that readers were not all young town gallants ensconced in taverns or on the fringes of court, being lascivious, witty, and drunk, so does the tantalizing case of Leonard Wheatcroft.'
  8. 'Accordingly, as a gloss on the whole affair, the young gallant dispiritedly notes ‘Tricks are repaid’.'


(of a man) flirt with (a woman)
  1. 'I teach young gentlemen the whole art of gallanting a fan.'


1. brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.

2. exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.

3. stately; grand: a gallant pageant.

4. showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.

5. amorous; amatory. noun

6. a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.

7. a man exceptionally attentive to women.

8. a stylish and dashing man. 9. a suitor or lover. 10. a paramour. verb (used with object) 1

1. to court

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gallant to wives."

"people can be gallant."

"gentlemans can be gallant."

"attempts can be gallant."

"tigers can be gallant."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘finely dressed’): from Old French galant, from galer ‘have fun, make a show’, from gale ‘pleasure, rejoicing’.