- An ethical code that was prevalent in Medieval Europe. It was the honor code of the
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Chiv"al*ry (?), n. [F.
chevalerie, fr. chevalier knight, OF., horseman.
See Chevalier, and cf. Cavalry.] 1.
A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on
horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
"His Memphian chivalry." Milton.
By his light
Did all the chivalry of England move,
To do brave acts.
2. The dignity or system of knighthood;
the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of
3. The qualifications or character of
knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.
The glory of our Troy this day doth lie
On his fair worth and single chivalry.
4. (Eng. Law) A tenure of lands by
knight's service; that is, by the condition of a knight's
performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or
military service to his lord.
5. Exploit. [Obs.] Sir P.
Court of chivalry, a court formerly held
before the lord high constable and earl marshal of England as
judges, having cognizance of contracts and other matters relating
to deeds of arms and war. Blackstone.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Chivalry, a system of knighthood, for the profession of which the
qualifications required were dignity, courtesy, bravery, generosity; the
aim of which was the defence of right against wrong, of the weak against
the strong, and especially of the honour and the purity of women, and the
spirit of which was of Christian derivation; originally a military
organisation in defence of Christianity against the infidel.
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