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Meaning of CHIVALRY

Pronunciation:  'shivulree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  courtesy towards women
  2. [n]  the medieval principles of knighthood
 

CHIVALRY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: gallantry, politesse
 
 See Also: courtesy, good manners, principle

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Chiv"al*ry\, n. [F. chevalerie, fr. chevalier knight,
OF., horseman. See {Chevalier}, and cf. {Cavalry}.]
1. A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on
   horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
   ``His Memphian chivalry.'' --Milton.

         By his light Did all the chivalry of England move,
         To do brave acts.                     --Shak.

2. The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages,
   or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
   --Dryden.

3. The qualifications or character of knights, as valor,
   dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.

         The glory of our Troy this day doth lie On his fair
         worth and single chivalry.            --Shak.

4. (Eng. Law) A tenure of lands by knight's service; that is,
   by the condition of a knight's performing service on
   horseback, or of performing some noble or military service
   to his lord.

5. Exploit. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.

{Court of chivalry}, a court formerly held before the lord
   high constable and earl marshal of England as judges,
   having cognizance of contracts and other matters relating
   to deeds of arms and war. --Blackstone.

 
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