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Choosing to not rape a woman, just because you want to.
Me: "Hey, Jonathan, that bitch is fine."
Jonathan: "Yeah, but in the name of chivalry, we probably shouldn't rape her."
Me: "Yeah, you're right. Damn it."
by JamesRKirk January 01, 2008
Doing whatever a woman wants and tells you to to try to get laid. Being pussywhipped and being a chick's slave. See "gentleman" and "real man".
John thinks spending lots of money on his girl and doing what she tells him is chivalry. Even though she thinks she's equal she wants none of the responsibilities of being an adult. His balls are in his purse and she doesn't respect him.
by gruntalicious May 13, 2008
From the old French word for knighthood, "chevalerie", the art of being a chevalier (a knight or horseman).
This was originally a system by which mounted warriors were to act, but while service to their people is touched upon the general goal of medieval knights was not saving many a damsel in distress, devotion to God, or enforcing justice; most knights defined chivalry as warfare and obtaining fame and fortune in the name of their king(s) and without any display of cowardice in battle. In a sense, it's hardly different from joining the military for the benefits that it offers, including the money that pours in from the business of war. Chivalry was basically a boy's culture: fighting other men, riding horses, power and profit and the ability to exploit that power.
The modern notion of chivalry as courtesy to women has tenuous links to chivalry as it was originally conceived. Perhaps courtly love (coined in 1883 to describe the worship of a married noblewoman by a lowly troubadour or knight and his vow to do great deeds in her honor) influenced this notion, but courtly love is, for all intents and purposes, adultery (very dangerous to both participants) and to what extent that courtly love was ever practiced remains unknown.
Chivalry, for the most part, was the opposite of the Geneva Convention; it was all about making a profit on war. The image of an honorable knight saving a fair maiden from a dragon is not much more than sheer fantasy, and most of it seems to stem from the Victorian era; the Victorians, in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, looked at the Middle Ages through rose colored glasses as an idyllic place of pre-industrial innocence, projecting their own ideals of men and women onto the knight and the damsel in distress. A real knight in shining armor was actually more like a trained assassin and the local rapist rolled into one and the damsel in distress, a helpless shrinking violet, never really existed.
by Lorelili October 09, 2011
Courtesy towards women
*Jeff, Jim, and Katie are playing soccer*

*Jeff attempts a 30 yard kick on Jim*

Jeff: Go get it Jim.
Jim: No you go get it!
Jeff: Katie go get it.
Katie: Ugh...chivalry is so dead.
by Rodolfo S.J. October 16, 2006
Chivalry is when a man respects a woman. It doesn't have to be standing when she walks in a room, (though that is one form of it) or opening her door for her, (again, that's always nice) it's just means that you recognize that she is a woman and thus deserves some respect. In today's culture this could mean not calling her "hot" or "sexy" but "beautiful" or "gorgeous" instead. Not grabbing her butt like she's some kind of animal, or whistling and cat calling when she walks by. It's just plain rude and degrading, and most women find it offensive.
When I think chivalry, I think a pure gentleman.... or Rhett Butler.....
by ibsc February 04, 2010
Origin Old French "chevalerie", from Latin "caballarius" 'horseman'

Derivatives Chivalric (adjective)

1. the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral and social code.

2. the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, especially courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readyness to help the weak.

3. courteous behaviour, especially that of a man towards women.
Chivalry was an expected quality of an knight during the medieval period.

Loyalty is just a given in the qualities of a chivalrous knight.

What ever happened to chivalry, eh Pipe?
Hey! I am chivalrous, *mutters to G* bloody hypocrits.
by Alex Pipe July 08, 2004
saving someone from a castle guarded by a dragon
chivalry is like if you were trapped at the top of a castle that was guarded by a dragon and a guy came and saved you. that's what chivalry is
by anonymous7945 October 02, 2011