Chivalry

Definition of Chivalry

Chiv´al`ry
n.1.A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry.
By his light
Did all the chivalry of England move,
To do brave acts.
- Shak.
2.The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
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.
- Shak.
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.
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.

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