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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shiv-uh l-ruh s]
    • /ˈʃɪv əl rəs/
    • /ˈʃɪv.əl.rəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shiv-uh l-ruh s]
    • /ˈʃɪv əl rəs/

Definitions of chivalrous word

  • adjective chivalrous A chivalrous man is polite, kind, and unselfish, especially towards women. 3
  • adjective chivalrous gallant; courteous 3
  • adjective chivalrous involving chivalry 3
  • adjective chivalrous having the noble qualities of an ideal knight; gallant, courteous, honorable, etc. 3
  • adjective chivalrous of chivalry; chivalric 3
  • adjective chivalrous having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty. 1

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Origin of chivalrous

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous

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Parts of speech for Chivalrous


chivalrous popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for chivalrous

adj chivalrous

  • benevolent — If you describe a person in authority as benevolent, you mean that they are kind and fair.
  • big — A big person or thing is large in physical size.
  • bold — Bold lines or designs are drawn in a clear, strong way.
  • brave — Someone who is brave is willing to do things which are dangerous, and does not show fear in difficult or dangerous situations.
  • considerate — Someone who is considerate pays attention to the needs, wishes, or feelings of other people.

adjective chivalrous

  • valiant — boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted: a valiant soldier.
  • loyal — faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
  • noble — distinguished by rank or title.
  • honourable — (British spelling) Alternative form of honorable.
  • mannerly — having or showing good manners; courteous; polite.

Antonyms for chivalrous

adj chivalrous

  • cowardly — If you describe someone as cowardly, you disapprove of them because they are easily frightened and avoid doing dangerous and difficult things.
  • frightened — thrown into a fright; afraid; scared; terrified: a frightened child cowering in the corner.
  • afraid — If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you.
  • fearful — causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
  • humble — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

adjective chivalrous

  • discourteous — not courteous; impolite; uncivil; rude: a discourteous salesman.

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