Chivalry

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.
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By his light
Did all the chivalry of England move,
To do brave acts.
Shak.
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2. The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry. Dryden.
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3. The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc.
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The glory of our Troy this day doth lie
On his fair worth and single chivalry.
Shak.
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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.
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5. Exploit. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.
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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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