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GAL'LANT, a. [Eng. could; L. gallus, a cock.]

1. Gay; well dressed; showy; splendid; magnificent.

Neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. Is.33.

The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave.

[This sense is obsolete.]

2. Brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as a gallant youth; a gallant officer.

3. Fine; noble.

4. Courtly; civil; polite and attentive to ladies; courteous.



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GAL'LANT, a. [Eng. could; L. gallus, a cock.]

1. Gay; well dressed; showy; splendid; magnificent.

Neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. Is.33.

The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave.

[This sense is obsolete.]

2. Brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as a gallant youth; a gallant officer.

3. Fine; noble.

4. Courtly; civil; polite and attentive to ladies; courteous.

GAL'LANT, a. [Fr. galant; Sp. galante; It. id. This word is from the root of the W. gallu, to be able, to have power; Eng. could; L. gallus, a cock. See Could, Call, and Gala. The primary sense is to stretch, strain or reach forward.]

  1. Gay; well dressed; showy; splendid; magnificent. Neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. – Is. xxxiii. The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave. – Waller. [This sense is obsolete.]
  2. Brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer.
  3. Fine; noble. Shak.
  4. Courtly; civil; polite and attentive to ladies; courteous. – Clarendon.

GAL-LANT', n.

  1. A gay, sprightly man; a courtly or fashionable man. – Shak.
  2. A man who is polite and attentive to ladies; one who attends upon ladies at parties, or to places of amusement.
  3. A wooer; a lover; a suitor.
  4. In an ill sense, one who caresses a woman for lewd purposes.

GAL-LANT', v.t.

  1. To attend or wait on, as a lady.
  2. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan. – Connoisseur.

Gal"lant
  1. Showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well- dressed.

    The town is built in a very gallant place. Evelyn.

    Our royal, good and gallant ship. Shak.

  2. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
  3. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood.

    Shak.
  4. To attend or wait on, as a lady] as, to gallant ladies to the play.
  5. Noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high- spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer.

    That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds. Shak.

    The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave. Waller.

    Syn. -- Gallant, Courageous, Brave. Courageous is generic, denoting an inward spirit which rises above fear; brave is more outward, marking a spirit which braves or defies danger; gallant rises still higher, denoting bravery on extraordinary occasions in a spirit of adventure. A courageous man is ready for battle; a brave man courts it; a gallant man dashes into the midst of the conflict.

  6. One fond of paying attention to ladies.
  7. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan.

    [Obs.] Addison.
  8. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer.

    Addison.

    * In the first sense it is by some orthoëpists (as in Shakespeare) accented on the first syllable.

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Gallant

GAL'LANT, adjective [Eng. could; Latin gallus, a cock.]

1. Gay; well dressed; showy; splendid; magnificent.

Neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. Isaiah 33:21.

The gay, the wise, the gallant and the grave.

[This sense is obsolete.]

2. Brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as a gallant youth; a gallant officer.

3. Fine; noble.

4. Courtly; civil; polite and attentive to ladies; courteous.

GALLANT', noun A gay, sprightly man; a courtly or fashionable man.

1. A man who is polite and attentive to ladies; one who attends upon ladies at parties, or to places of amusement.

2. A wooer; a lover; a suitor.

3. In an ill sense, one who caresses a woman for lewd purposes.

GALLANT', verb transitive To attend or wait on, as a lady.

1. To handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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CONSULT, v.i. [L., to consult, to ask counsel.]

1. To seek the opinion or advice of another by, by a statement of facts, and suitable inquiries, for the purpose of directing ones own judgment; followed by with.

Rehoboam consulted with the old men. 1 Kings 12.

David consulted with the captains of thousands. 1 Chronicles 13.

2. To take counsel together; to seek opinions and advice by mutual statements, enquiries and reasonings; to deliberate in common.

The chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death. John 12.

3. To consider with deliberation. Luke 14.

CONSULT, v.t.

1. To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of another, as a guide to ones own judgment; as, to consult a friend or parent.

2. To seek information, or facts, in something; as by examining books or papers, Thus, I consulted several authors on the subject; I consulted the official documents.

3. To regard; to have reference or respect to, in judging or acting; to decide or to act in favor of. We are to consult the necessities, rather than the pleasures of life. We are to consult public as well as private interest. He consulted his own safety in flight.

Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.

4. To plan, devise or contrive.

Thou hast consulted shame to thy house, by cutting off many people. Habakkuk 2. [This sense is unusual and not to be countenanced.]

CONSULT, n. The act of consulting; the effect of consultation; determination; a council, or deliberating assembly. This word is, I believe, entirely obsolete, except in poetry. It would be naturally accented on the first syllable, but the poets accent the last.

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