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From French galanterie, equivalent to gallant +‎ -ry.


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gallantry (countable and uncountable, plural gallantries)

  1. courage
    • 1926, P. G. Wodehouse, 'Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend', Penguin, Harmondsworth: 1992, p 98.
      'I have the greatest respect for the young lady to whom you refer. She behaved on a certain recent occasion - on two recent occasions - with notable gallantry and resource, and I won't have her bally-ragged.'
    • 1950 September 1, Harry S. Truman, 1:27 from the start, in MP72-73 Korea and World Peace: President Truman Reports to the People[1], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162:
      Our men have fought with grim gallantry. The soldiers of the Republic of Korea have also been fighting fiercely.
  2. chivalrous courtliness, especially towards women
    • 1993, Barbara Black Koltuv, Solomon & Sheba: Inner Marriage and Individuation[2], Nicholas-Hays, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 80:
      The Queen of Sheba has responded to Solomon's gallantry and accepted his one God . She is one who is ready to be guided . Her heart is open . The second part of the testing , the riddles , seem to be a more personal and human exchange .
  3. an instance of gallant behaviour or speech