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gentlewoman

[jen-tl-woo m-uh n] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌwʊm ən/
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
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see gentle, woman
Related forms
gentlewomanly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gentlewomen

gentlewoman

/ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən/
noun (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
Derived Forms
gentlewomanly, adjective
gentlewomanliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gentlewomen

gentlewoman

n.

early 13c., from gentle + woman.

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