If you volunteered to deal with removing a huge, hairy spider from your bathroom ceiling, your whole family would be grateful for your gallant actions. The adjective gallant means "heroic or brave."

In the past, gallant was used to describe a man's behavior toward a woman, especially if he saved her from something or helped her with something she was unable to do on her own. It can still be used that way, but more often it describes any kind of bravery, and it is just as correct to describe a woman's bravery as gallant as it is a man's.

Definitions of gallant

adj having or displaying great dignity or nobility

“a gallant pageant”
lofty, majestic, proud
making a strong or vivid impression

adj unflinching in battle or action

“a gallant warrior”
“put up a gallant resistance to the attackers”
brave, courageous
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching

adj lively and spirited

displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness

adj being attentive to women like an ideal knight

chivalrous, knightly
characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners

n a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, sheik, swell
George Bryan Brummell
English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
cockscomb, coxcomb
a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
Type of:
adult male, man
an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

n a man who attends or escorts a woman

Type of:
attendant, attender, tender
someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

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