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gentleman friend

noun, Older Use.
1.
a man with whom a woman is romantically involved; suitor.
Origin of gentleman friend
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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  • He's a gentleman friend of ours, and he knows a tremendous amount.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • He would have gone only—only you deserted him to go off with your own—your own gentleman friend.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And the gentleman friend was told that the student Haldin did not come to claim the last two letters for him.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Another boarder was entertaining her gentleman friend in the parlor.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • That's just fine, Lil; and you can carry my old fan—I got a new one from a gentleman friend for Christmas.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • "Conversion" was suggested to me by the remark of a gentleman friend.

    Poems of Passion Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • The landlady said that Minnie had gone to the Van Styne with a gentleman friend—so the dominie took a taxi and went there, too.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • I have a gentleman friend who is over fifty and who said he was thirty-seven, and he got a dandy place last week.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Until he comes, dont trifle with your affections or the affections of a gentleman friend by making marriage engagements.

  • I was full up of coffee from my gentleman friend across the way, so declined Kelly's assistance in obtaining more.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker

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