preux chevalier

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French

Noun[edit]

preux chevalier (plural preux chevaliers)

  1. A valiant knight; any gallant gentleman.
    • 1865, Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards, Half a million of money
      Perhaps Saxon was secretly comforted by the conviction that only a preux chevalier would be worthy of Miss Colonna, and that the preux chevalier was certainly not forthcoming.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often italicized as a foreign borrowing.