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