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gallant adj. (orig.=‘showy in appearance, smart’)
1. loosely used as a gen. epithet of praise=excellent, splendid, fine AYL. I. iii. 120 “A curtle-axe,” Wint. I. i. 42 “a child,” Cæs. IV. ii. 24 “ show” ; of a ship =noble, stately Tp. V. i. 237.
2. chivalrous, full of noble daring (the common S. use) 1H4 IV. iv. 26 “gallant warriors.”
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    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1.3
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