gallantry vs valour what difference

what is difference between gallantry and valour



From French galanterie, equivalent to gallant +‎ -ry.


gallantry (countable and uncountable, plural gallantries)

  1. courage
    • 1926, P. G. Wodehouse, ‘Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend’, Penguin, Harmondsworth: 1992, p 98.
      ‘I have the greatest respect for the young lady to whom you refer. She behaved on a certain recent occasion – on two recent occasions – with notable gallantry and resource, and I won’t have her bally-ragged.’
  2. chivalrous courtliness, especially towards women
  3. an instance of gallant behaviour or speech


  • gallanthood
  • gallantness



Alternative forms

  • valor


From Middle English valour, from Anglo-Norman valour, from Latin valor.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvælə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvælɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ælə(ɹ)


valour (usually uncountable, plural valours) (British spelling)

  1. Value; worth.
  2. Strength of mind in regard to danger; the quality which enables a person to encounter danger with firmness
    Synonyms: bravery, courage, prowess, intrepidity
  3. (dated) A brave man; a man of valour.

Derived terms

  • discretion is the better part of valour

Related terms



  • louvar, ovular

Old French


valour f (oblique plural valours, nominative singular valour, nominative plural valours)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of valur
    • Flatour est un soubtil enchanteour;
      Car par son vein enchantement
      Fait croire au dame et au seignour
      Que sur tous autres de valour
      Sont plus digne et plus excellent.
      Flattery is a subtle enchanter,
      For by its vain enchantment
      It makes damsels and lords alike believe
      That above all other valorous people
      Are more worthy and more excellent.

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