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Definition of Gallant


  1. Showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well-dressed.
  2. Noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer.
  3. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
  4. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay; fashionable man; a young blood.
  5. One fond of paying attention to ladies.
  6. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer.
  7. To attend or wait on, as a lady; as, to gallant ladies to the play.
  8. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan.

Gallant Quotations

As young West Point cadets, our motto was 'duty, honor, country.' But it was in the field, from the rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the sands of the Middle East, that I learned that motto's fullest meaning. There I saw gallant young Americans of every race, creed and background fight, and sometimes die, for 'duty, honor, and their country.'
Norman Schwarzkopf

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.
Wallis Simpson

I felt only as a man can feel who is roaming over the prairies of the far West, well armed, and mounted on a fleet and gallant steed.
Buffalo Bill

I can assure you, that the gallant hearts that throb beneath its sacred folds, will only be content, when this glorious banner is planted first and foremost in the coming struggle for our independence.
John B. Hood

I knew that if the feat was accomplished it must be at a most fearful sacrifice of as brave and gallant soldiers as ever engaged in battle.
John B. Hood
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Gallant Translations

gallant in Dutch is eerlijk, dapper, flink, braaf
gallant in Finnish is uljas
gallant in French is brave, vaillant, galant
gallant in German is galant
gallant in Italian is galante
gallant in Swedish is artig, tapper
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