A Word A Day : Chivalrous

Saturday, 6th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : shív-vel-ress

1. Relating to or reflecting the values of the medieval code of knighthood, especially courtesy, self-sacrifice, and a sense of fair play

2. Describes men, or men's behavior, characterized by consideration and courtesy, especially toward women

3. Being attentive to women like an ideal knight


Gallant, Courtly, Brave, Valiant, Loyal, Magnanimous, Noble, Courteous, Polite, Mannerly, Well-Mannered, Gracious, Attentive, Considerate, Faithful


Cowardly, Discourteous

Contextual Examples:

• Yet when we try to bring some little ray of hope, some chance, however distant, of something better, we are told by chivalrous gentlemen that it is against their principles to help.

• He desired her respect, and that fact helped him to his final decision, but the thing that decided him was born of the truly chivalrous nature he possessed.

Related Words:

1. Chivalrously : Adverb

2. Chivalrousness : Noun

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