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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shiv-uh l-ree]
    • /ˈʃɪv əl ri/
    • /ˈʃɪv.əl.ri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shiv-uh l-ree]
    • /ˈʃɪv əl ri/

Definitions of chivalry word

  • uncountable noun chivalry Chivalry is polite, kind, and unselfish behaviour, especially by men towards women. 3
  • uncountable noun chivalry In the Middle Ages, chivalry was the set of rules and way of behaving which knights were expected to follow. 3
  • noun chivalry the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak 3
  • noun chivalry courteous behaviour, esp towards women 3
  • noun chivalry the medieval system and principles of knighthood 3
  • noun chivalry knights, noblemen, etc, collectively 3

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Origin of chivalry

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English chivalrie < Anglo-French, Old French chevalerie, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ie -y3

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Parts of speech for Chivalry


chivalry popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% 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 chivalry

noun chivalry

  • courtesy — Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others.
  • courage — Courage is the quality shown by someone who decides to do something difficult or dangerous, even though they may be afraid.
  • fairness — the state, condition, or quality of being fair, or free from bias or injustice; evenhandedness: I have to admit, in all fairness, that she would only be paid for part of the work.
  • valiance — valiant nature or quality; valor; bravery; courage.
  • courtliness — polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners.

Antonyms for chivalry

noun chivalry

  • cowardice — Cowardice is cowardly behaviour.
  • fear — a river in SE North Carolina. 202 miles (325 km) long.
  • humbleness — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
  • humility — the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
  • impoliteness — not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude: an impolite reply.

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