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1. A member of certain male orders of knighthood or merit, such as the Legion of Honor in France.
a. A French nobleman of the lowest rank.
b. Used as a title for such a nobleman.
3. A knight.
4. A chivalrous man.
[Middle English chevaler, from Old French chevalier, from Late Latin caballārius, horseman; see cavalier.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of certain orders of merit, such as the French Legion of Honour
2. (Historical Terms) French history
a. a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet
b. the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility
3. an archaic word for knight
4. a chivalrous man; gallant
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin caballārius horseman, cavalier]
1. (Biography) Albert. 1861–1923, British music hall entertainer, remembered for his cockney songs
2. (Biography) Maurice (mɔris). 1888–1972, French singer and film actor
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chev•a•lier(ˌʃɛv əˈlɪər or, esp. for 1, 2, ʃəˈvæl yeɪ, -ˈvɑl-)
1. a member of certain orders of honor or merit, as of the Legion of Honor.
2. the lowest title of rank in French nobility.
3. a chivalrous man; cavalier.
4. Archaic. a knight.
[1250–1300; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See cavalier]
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