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Origin: f. Galanterie.

1. Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . When the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver. (Fuller)

2. Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry.

3. Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bed sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue.

4. Gallant persons, collectively. Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of troy. (Shak)

Synonym: see Courage, and heroism.