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[n] a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
[n] a man who attends or escorts a woman
[adj] unflinching in battle or action; "a gallant warrior"; "put up a gallant resistance to the attackers"
[adj] having the qualities of gallantry attributed to an ideal knight
[adj] having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine peaks"
[adj] lively and spirited; "a dashing hero"

Misc. Definitions

\Gal"lant\, a. [F. gallant, prop. p. pr. of OF. galer to rejoice, akin to OF. gale amusement, It. gala ornament; of German origin; cf. OHG. geil merry, luxuriant, wanton, G. geil lascivious, akin to AS. g?l wanton, wicked, OS. g?l merry, Goth. gailjan to make to rejoice, or perh. akin to E. weal. See {Gala}, {Galloon}.]
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"\ (?; 277), a. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
\Gal*lant"\ (?; 277), n.
1. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay; fashionable man; a young blood. --Shak.
2. One fond of paying attention to ladies.
3. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer. --Addison. Note: In the first sense it is by some ortho["e]pists (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.] --Addison.

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