(Gal*lant") n.

1. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood. Shak.

2. One fond of paying attention to ladies.

3. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer. Addison.

In the first sense it is by some orthoëpists (as in Shakespeare) accented on the first syllable.

(Gal*lant") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gallanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Gallanting.]

1. To attend or wait on, as a lady; as, to gallant ladies to the play.

2. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan. [Obs.] Addison.

(Gal*lant"ly) adv. In a polite or courtly manner; like a gallant or wooer.

(Gal"lant*ly) adv. In a gallant manner.

(Gal"lant*ness) n. The quality of being gallant.

(Gal"lant*ry) n.; pl. Gallantries [F. galanterie.]

1. Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. [Archaic]

Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . when the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver.

2. Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry.

3. Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bad sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue.

4. Gallant persons, collectively. [R.]

Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of Troy.

Syn. — See Courage, and Heroism.

(Gal"late) n. [Cf. F. gallate. See Gall gallnut.] (Chem.) A salt of gallic acid.

(Gal"la*ture) n. [From L. gallus a cock.] (Zoöl.) The tread, treadle, or chalasa of an egg.

(Gal"le*ass) n. [F. galéasse, galéace; cf. It. galeazza, Sp. galeaza; LL. galea a galley. See Galley.] (Naut.) A large galley, having some features of the galleon, as broadside guns; esp., such a vessel used by the southern nations of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. See Galleon, and Galley. [Written variously galeas, gallias, etc.]

"The galleasses . . . were a third larger than the ordinary galley, and rowed each by three hundred galley slaves. They consisted of an enormous towering structure at the stern, a castellated structure almost equally massive in front, with seats for the rowers amidships." Motley.

(Gal*le"gan) Gallego
(Gal*le"go) (gal*le"go or ga*lya"go), n. [Sp. Gallego.] A native or inhabitant of Galicia, in Spain; a Galician.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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