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Definition of 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

There's no chivalry in culture any more. Sometimes you meet someone who everyone says is polite and you're like, 'Wow,' but then it's like, 'Hang on, isn't everyone supposed to be polite?'

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 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

With the advent of chivalry, the art of boxing waned. The evolution of feudal aristocracy, with other and widely different exercises, pastimes and weapons from those of the common people, made boxing unfashionable.
John Boyle O'Reilly
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Chivalry Translations

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