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country gentleman

a wealthy man living in his country home or estate.
Origin of country gentleman
1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But then again, she is such a desperate scholar, that no country-gentleman can approach her without being a jest.

    Days with Sir Roger De Coverley Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
  • I was just wishing for you, madam; your niece and I have been so laughing at the blunt humour of your country-gentleman.

  • Consequently the country-gentleman, though less intelligent, is more likely to favour a national and liberal policy.

  • Her husband was a large landed proprietor, and in public spirit was inferior to no country-gentleman of the kingdom.

  • The country-gentleman had little reason to fear that government would diminish his importance by tampering with his functions.

  • The country-gentleman had strong prejudices and enough common sense to recognise his own ignorance.

  • He bore his spouse and his country-gentleman life patiently enough in general; but every now and then he fell into exasperation.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The law of landed property, meanwhile, was of vital and immediate interest to the country-gentleman.

  • How in the world could the owner of such a place as Jodhpur Palace be in any way like an English country-gentleman?

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The country-gentleman, again, was not only the legislator but a most important figure in the judicial and administrative system.

British Dictionary definitions for country-gentleman

country gentleman

a rich man with an estate in the country
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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