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chivalry


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chivalry 
  n  1:  courtesy  towards  women  [syn:  {gallantry},  {politesse}] 
  2:  the  medieval  principles  of  knighthood 




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