Word of the day

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chivalry (noun) – 1. The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood.
2.(a) The qualities idealised by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
(b) A manifestation of any of these qualities.
3. A group of knights or gallant gentlemen.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1300, “body or host of knights; knighthood in the feudal social system; bravery in war, warfare as an art,” from Old French chevalerie “knighthood, chivalry, nobility, cavalry, art of war,” from chevaler “knight,” from Medieval Latin caballarius “horseman,” from Latin caballus “nag, pack-horse.

From late 14th century as “the nobility as one of the estates of the realm,” also as the word for an ethical code emphasising honour, valor, generosity and courtly manners. Modern use for “social and moral code of medieval feudalism” probably is an 18th century historical revival.

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