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.


  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.

verb (used with object)

  1. to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
  2. to escort (a woman).

verb (used without object)

  1. to attend or pay court as a gallant.

adjective (ˈɡælənt)

  1. brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashinga gallant warrior
  2. (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
  3. imposing; dignified; statelya gallant ship
  4. archaic showy in dress

noun (ˈɡælənt, ɡəˈlænt) archaic

  1. a woman’s lover or suitor
  2. a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
  3. a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man

verb (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) rare

  1. (when intr, usually foll by with) to court or flirt (with)
  2. (tr) to attend or escort (a woman)

adj.mid-15c., “showy, finely dressed; gay, merry,” from Old French galant “courteous,” earlier “amusing, entertaining; lively, bold” (14c.), present participle of galer “rejoice, make merry,” generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- “good, well,” from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon “to wander, go on a pilgrimage”), from PIE *wel- “to wish, will” (see will (v.)), “but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up” [OED]. Sense of “politely attentive to women” was adopted 17c. from French. n.“man of fashion and pleasure,” mid-15c., earlier “dissolute man, rake” (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).

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