gent leman


noun, plural gentlemen.
a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
(used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there?
gentlemen, (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please come this way.
a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman.
a male personal servant, especially of a man of social position; valet.
a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.
History/Historical. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.

1225–75; Middle English; see gentle, man1

gentlemanlike, adjective
undergentleman, noun, plural undergentlemen.
ungentlemanlike, adjective

4. See man.

See lady. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gentleman (ˈdʒɛntəlmən)
n , pl -men
1.  a man regarded as having qualities of refinement associated with a good family
2.  a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
3.  a polite name for a man
4.  the personal servant of a gentleman (esp in the phrase gentleman's gentleman)
5.  (Brit) history a man of gentle birth, who was entitled to bear arms, ranking above a yeoman in social position
6.  (formerly) a euphemistic word for a: smuggler

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