Meaning of gallant

gal•lant

Pronunciation: (adj.gal'unt for 1, 3, 4 gu&sylplant', -länt', gal'unt for 2, 5n. gu&sylplant', -länt', gal'untv.gu&sylplant', -länt'), [key]
— adj.
  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.
—n.
  1. a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
  2. a man exceptionally attentive to women.
  3. a stylish and dashing man.
  4. a suitor or lover.
  5. a paramour.
—v.t.
  1. to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
  2. to escort (a woman).
—v.i.
  1. to attend or pay court as a gallant.

Gal•lant

Pronunciation: (gal'unt), [key]
  1. born 1922, Canadian short-story writer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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