An adjective to describe a person who is brave, courteous, and attentive towards women.


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Part of speech



Brave, chivalrous, fearless, heroic, valiant, daring, noble, courageous


Cowardly, fearful, timid, unheroic

Example sentences

  • The gallant knight rode to the rescue of the damsel in distress.
  • The young man was praised for his gallant behavior during the battle.
  • The gallant prince won the heart of the princess with his bravery and kindness.


In the historical sense, a “gallant” was a man who was a skilled horseman and participant in chivalric tournaments, displaying courage and nobility in his actions. In this sense, the term “gallant” can also describe someone who is skillful, graceful and dashing, especially in battle or combat. As a general adjective, “gallant” is often used to describe a man who is charming, chivalrous, and polite towards women. For example, a gallant gentleman may hold doors open for ladies, offer them compliments, and behave in a courteous and respectful manner. In either sense, the word “gallant” implies a high level of bravery, chivalry, and a refined manner of behavior, which is held in high esteem.