gentleman

[jen-tl-muh n] /ˈdʒɛn tl mən/
noun, plural gentlemen.
1.
a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
2.
(used as a polite term) a man:
"Do you know that gentleman over there?"
3.
gentlemen, (used as a form of address):
"Gentlemen, please come this way."
4.
a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man:
"He behaved like a true gentleman."
5.
a male personal servant, especially of a man of social position; valet.
6.
a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
7.
a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
8.
a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
9.
a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives:
"The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts."
10.
History/Historical. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.
Origin
1225–75; Middle English; see gentle, man1
Related forms
gentlemanlike, adjective
undergentleman, noun, plural undergentlemen.
ungentlemanlike, adjective
Synonyms
4. See man.
Usage note
See lady.
Example Sentences for gentlemen
The dedication of these two gentlemen runners demonstrates the strength of our united power.
It's far less interesting and yet ultimately more profound than kinky outfits and all-gentlemen salons.
Secondly, the gentlemen above who talked about working his way through school to stay out of debt.
Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.
gentlemen always shake hands when they are introduced to each other.
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
The example of his conversion moved sixty gentlemen to devote themselves to an austere penitential life.
Noble gentlemen seek harmony but aren't afraid of diversity.
Both narrators receive instruction from tough-as-nails but paternal southern gentlemen.
Both gentlemen took seats, when they conversed in their usual friendly way upon the topics of the hour.
British Dictionary definitions for gentlemen
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
 
'gentlemanly
 
adj
 
'gentlemanliness
 
n

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