Origin: F. Galanterie.

1. Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. "Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . When the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver." (Fuller)

2. Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry.

3. Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bed sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue.

4. Gallant persons, collectively. "Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of Troy." (Shak)

Synonyms: See Courage, and Heroism.

(01 Mar 1998)

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