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Galland, Galand, n.1 [e.m.E. gallant, ME. galaunt (1388), F. galant.] A smart or finely dressed young fellow. Also, in late use, a wooer. c1475 Wall. viii. 1022.
Had we ȝon gallandis doun On the playn ground, thai wald mor sobyr be
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 375.
That luffaris myght apon me luke, and ȝing lusty gallandis
Id. xxvi. 10.
He bad gallandis [M. galandis], ga graith a gyis
1513 Doug. v. Prol. 10.
Wantoun gallandis to trayl in sumptuus wedis
Ib. xii. v. 130.
A gudly spryngald, a fair ȝyng galland, Richt schaiply maid
1533 Boece vi. xi. 206 b.
The gallandis of Britane be lang pece insolent and proude slew the Romane legate
a1568 Scott i. 18.
Frak ferce gallandis for feild gemmis enfors
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxix. 85.
Thir gay gallandis with thair dres and deray
1665 Lauder Journal 99.
If a gentlewoman would have hir galland passe his gates

b. Used in addressing young men. a1500 Henr. III. 156/19.
Behald our heidis, O lusty gallandis gay
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 21.
Then suddanelie my keipar to me said, Ascend, galland
Id. Æn. i. ix. 87.
Tharfor haue done, gallands, cum on ȝour way
1531 Bell. Boece I. 238.
Belt yow, thairfore, lusty gallandis, with manheid … , to haue victory
a1568 Balnavis Bann. MS. 138 a/1.
O gallandis all, I cry and call

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