- brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
- exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
- stately; grand: a gallant pageant.
- showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.
- amorous; amatory.
- a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
- a man exceptionally attentive to women.
- a stylish and dashing man.
- a suitor or lover.
- a paramour.
verb (used with object)
- to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
- to escort (a woman).
verb (used without object)
- to attend or pay court as a gallant.
- brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashinga gallant warrior
- (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
- imposing; dignified; statelya gallant ship
- archaic showy in dress
noun (ˈɡælənt, ɡəˈlænt) archaic
- a woman’s lover or suitor
- a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
- a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man
verb (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) rare
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to court or flirt (with)
- (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.).