My word for the week, today, is Gallant.
This is my son. He’s had a solid appreciation for the Titan character in the Destiny video game, which is modeled after knights of yore. Sometimes we’ll talk about those stories and legends. He asked me once to define just what chivalry meant to me, which of course led to discussions on the nature of the relationship between men and women, both past and present, and everything in between. Even at sixteen, he’s got some pretty hard-wired notions of how men are supposed to treat women, and the kind of relationship he hopes to have in the future. She is going to be one lucky young lady, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my son, but because I know my son will treat her like a queen. He will do all he can to treat her like a lady, to make sure she knows how precious she is to him, and he will protect her with everything he has. Not because he thinks she’s incapable of protecting herself, but because he believes that as his sweetheart, she simply deserves to be treated like a cherished treasure.
Plus, he’s not the type to let his heart go walking around outside without making sure it’s safe, lol. He’ll be a “helicopter husband,” I’m sure.
1. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing: a gallant feathered hat; cut a gallant figure at the coronation.
a. Unflinching in battle or action; valiant: put up a gallant resistance to the attackers.
b. Nobly or selflessly resolute: made a gallant attempt to save her friend’s reputation.
3. Stately; majestic: a gallant ship.
a. Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.
b. Flirtatious; amorous.
n. (gə-lănt′, -länt′, găl′ənt)
1. A fashionable young man.
a. A man courteously attentive to women.
b. A male lover, especially one who is courteously attentive.
v. (gə-lănt′, -länt′) gal·lant·ed, gal·lant·ing, gal·lants
To woo or pay court to (a lady).
To play the gallant.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.