[syn: chivalry, knightliness]
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.
By his light
Did all the chivalry of England move,
To do brave acts. --Shak.
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.
The glory of our Troy this day doth lie
On his fair worth and single chivalry. --Shak.
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.
5. Exploit. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: courtesy towards women [syn: chivalry, gallantry,
2: the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly
conduct [syn: chivalry, knightliness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
100 Moby Thesaurus words for "chivalry":
Dutch courage, FFVs, ancienne noblesse, aristocracy, arms,
art of war, baronage, baronetage, bigheartedness, bigness,
boldness, braveness, bravery, chivalrousness,
conspicuous gallantry, courage, courageousness, courtesy,
courtliness, courtly politeness, doughtiness, elect, elevation,
elite, equitableness, errantry, exaltation, fairness, gallantness,
gallantry, gallantry under fire, generalship, generosity,
generousness, great heart, greatheartedness, greatness,
greatness of heart, haut monde, heroicalness, heroism, high life,
high society, high-mindedness, honor, idealism, impartiality,
intrepidity, intrepidness, justness, knight-errantry, knightage,
knighthood, knightliness, largeheartedness, liberality,
liberalness, lionheartedness, loftiness, magnanimity,
magnanimousness, manfulness, manhood, manliness, martial spirit,
military spirit, nobility, noble-mindedness, nobleness, noblesse,
noblesse de robe, noblesse oblige, old nobility, openhandedness,
peerage, politeness, pot-valor, princeliness, prowess,
righteousness, royalty, soldierly quality, stalwartness,
stoutheartedness, stoutness, sublimity, the Four Hundred,
the classes, upper classes, upper crust, upper ten,
upper ten thousand, uppercut, valiance, valiancy, valor,
valorousness, virtue, virtuousness, war
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CHIVALRY, ancient Eng. law. This word is derived from the French chevelier,
a horseman. It is. the name of a tenure of land by knight's service.
Chivalry was of two kinds: the first; which was regal, or held only of the
king; or common, which was held of a common person. Co. Litt. h.t.