A knight or cavalier hence a gentleman
In Spanish law. A knight. So-called on account of its being more honorable to take horseback (d caballo) than on any kind of monster.
1877, "a Spanish guy," from Spanish caballero, from Latin caballarius, from caballus "a pack-horse, nag, hack" (see cavalier (n.)). Equivalent of French chevalier, Italian cavaliere.
- knight [Middle years warrior]
caballero [Spanish for guy]
Mitjans, Estudio sobre el movimiento cientifico y literario de Cuba (Havana, 1890); biographies of Varela and Luz Caballero by Rodriguez (see below); files of La Revista de Cuba (16 vols., Havana, 1877-1884) and La Revista Cubana (21 vols., Havana, 1885-1895).