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PRONOUNCED: gə-LAHN-tay (Italian); gə-LAHNT (French)
Meaning & History
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.
This is also the name of an era of classical music, between the Baroque and Classical periods.