gal·lant /gəˈlænt, ˈlɑnt/
1. Showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well-dressed.
The town is built in a very gallant place. --Evelyn.
Our royal, good and gallant ship. --Shak.
2. Noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer.
That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds. --Shak.
The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave. --Waller.
Syn: -- Gallant, Courageous, Brave.
Usage: Courageous is generic, denoting an inward spirit which rises above fear; brave is more outward, marking a spirit which braves or defies danger; gallant rises still higher, denoting bravery on extraordinary occasions in a spirit of adventure. A courageous man is ready for battle; a brave man courts it; a gallant man dashes into the midst of the conflict.
Gal·lant a. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
1. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood.
2. One fond of paying attention to ladies.
3. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer.
Note: ☞ In the first sense it is by some orthoëpists (as in Shakespeare) accented on the first syllable.
Gal·lant v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gallanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Gallanting.]
1. To attend or wait on, as a lady; as, to gallant ladies to the play.
2. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan. [Obs.]
adj 1: unflinching in battle or action; "a gallant warrior"; "put
up a gallant resistance to the attackers"
2: lively and spirited; "a dashing hero" [syn: dashing]
3: having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant
pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine
peaks" [syn: lofty, majestic, proud]
4: having the qualities of gallantry attributed to an ideal
knight [syn: chivalrous, knightly]
n 1: a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
[syn: dandy, dude, fop, sheik, beau, swell,
fashion plate, clotheshorse]
2: a man who attends or escorts a woman [syn: squire]