Meaning of chivalry

chiv•al•ry

Pronunciation: (shiv'ul-rē), [key]
— pl. -ries
  1. the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.
  2. the rules and customs of medieval knighthood.
  3. the medieval system or institution of knighthood.
  4. a group of knights.
  5. gallant warriors or gentlemen: fair ladies and noble chivalry.
  6. a chivalrous act; gallant deed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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