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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.]


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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chevalier - French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)Chevalier - French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
2.chevalier - a gallant or courtly gentlemanchevalier - a gallant or courtly gentleman  
male aristocrat - a man who is an aristocrat
References in classic literature ?
Most persons have encountered, in certain provinces in France, a number of Chevaliers de Valois.
Each of these many chevaliers, if we may believe reports, was, like the Chevalier of Alencon, an old gentleman, tall, thin, withered, and moneyless.
The Chevalier de Valois of Alencon was accepted by the highest aristocracy of the province as a genuine Valois; and he distinguished himself, like the rest of his homonyms, by excellent manners, which proved him a man of society.
Prince Andrew saw by the cover that it was Les Chevaliers du Cygne by Madame de Genlis.
Again he embraced and kissed Prince Andrew, but before the latter had left the room Kutuzov gave a sigh of relief and went on with his unfinished novel, Les Chevaliers du Cygne by Madame de Genlis.
"I wish to say three words to you, Monsieur Chevalier," stammered the SOUBRETTE.
"If Monsieur Chevalier would follow me?" said Kitty, timidly.
le Chevalier d'Artagnan, who brings you some news."
"Come in, monsieur le chevalier," said he, turning around.
le Chevalier d'Artagnan, captain of the king's musketeers, whatever the said Chevalier d'Artagnan may demand of my property.
"Oh, chevalier!" cried the king, "what can I say to you?
"Chevalier," said the king, when the door was closed, "I believe you are right and that this man only came here with evil intentions.