gallant

If you volunteer to remove a huge, hairy spider from your bathroom ceiling, your whole family will 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
  1. adjective
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    “a gallant pageant”
    synonyms: lofty, majestic, proud
    impressive
    making a strong or vivid impression
  2. adjective
    unflinching in battle or action
    “a gallant warrior”
    “put up a gallant resistance to the attackers”
    Synonyms:
    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
  3. adjective
    lively and spirited
    synonyms: dashing
    spirited
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
  4. adjective
    being attentive to women like an ideal knight
    synonyms: chivalrous, knightly
    courteous
    characterized by courtesy and gracious good manners
  5. noun
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    synonyms: beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, sheik, swell
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    examples:
    George Bryan Brummell
    English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
    types:
    cockscomb, coxcomb
    a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
    macaroni
    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)
  6. noun
    a man who attends or escorts a woman
    synonyms: squire
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    type of:
    attendant, attender, tender
    someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
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