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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Chivalry \Chiv"al*ry\, n. [F. chevalerie, fr. chevalier knight, OF., horseman. See Chevalier, and cf. Cavalry.] 1. A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry. "His Memphian chivalry." --Milton. [1913 Webster] By his light Did all the chivalry of England move, To do brave acts. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc. [1913 Webster] The glory of our Troy this day doth lie On his fair worth and single chivalry. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Eng. Law) 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. [1913 Webster] 5. Exploit. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Court of chivalry, a court formerly held before the lord high constable and earl marshal of England as judges, having cognizance of contracts and other matters relating to deeds of arms and war. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]