gallant

\ \ [14] Gallant originated as the present participle of Old French galermake merry, rejoice’. This probably came from Gallo- Romance *walāre, a derivative of Frankish *walawell’ (of which English well is a relative). Following its French model, the English adjective originally meant ‘showy, splendid, gorgeous’ as well as ‘spirited, brave’ and ‘courteous, polished’ (the last of which led in the 17th century to ‘courteously attentive to women’ and ‘amorous’). Regale [17] too goes back to Old French galer.
\ \ Cf.REGALE, WELL

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  • Gallant — Gal*lant (?; 277), n. 1. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. One fond of paying attention to ladies. [1913 Webster] 3. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer. Addison.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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