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Definition of Chivalry

Chivalry

  1. A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
  2. The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
  3. The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.
  4. A tenure of lands by knight's service; that is, by the condition of a knight's performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to his lord.
  5. Exploit.

Chivalry Quotations

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
Honore de Balzac

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.
Charles Kingsley

If you're walking with your lady on the sidewalk, I still like to see a man walking street-side, to protect the lady from traffic. I grew up with that, and I hate to see something like that get lost. I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing.
Betty White

The idea of a stag hunt evokes chivalry - knights in jerkins and hose, ladies on sidesaddles with wimples and billowing dresses, a white stag symbolizing something-or-other, and Robin Hood getting in the way. An actual stag hunt is more like a horseback meeting of a county planning commission.
P. J. O'Rourke

But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Edmund Burke
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Chivalry Translations

chivalry in French is chevalerie
chivalry in German is Rittertum
chivalry in Swedish is ridderlighet