gentlewoman

gentlewoman

[jen-tl-woom-uhn]
noun, plural gentlewomen.
1.
a woman of good family, breeding, or social position
2.
a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.
3.
a woman who attends upon a lady of rank.
4.
a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see gentle, woman

gentlewomanly, adjective
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gentlewoman (ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən)
 
n , pl -women
1.  archaic a woman regarded as being of good family or breeding; lady
2.  rare a woman who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
3.  history a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady
 
'gentlewomanly
 
adj
 
'gentlewomanliness
 
n

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