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gentleman

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noun gen·tle·man \ˈjen-təl-mən, ˈje-nəl-, in rapid speech also ˈjen-tə-mən, ˈje-nə-\

Simple Definition of gentleman

  • : a man who treats other people in a proper and polite way

  • : a man of high social status

Full Definition of gentleman

  1. 1 a :  a man of noble or gentle birth b :  a man belonging to the landed gentry c (1) :  a man who combines gentle birth or rank with chivalrous qualities (2) :  a man whose conduct conforms to a high standard of propriety or correct behavior d (1) :  a man of independent means who does not engage in any occupation or profession for gain (2) :  a man who does not engage in a menial occupation or in manual labor for gain

  2. 2 :  valet —often used in the phrase gentleman's gentleman

  3. 3 :  a man of any social class or condition —often used in a courteous reference <show this gentleman to a seat> or usually in the plural in address <ladies and gentlemen>

gen·tle·man·like play \-mən-ˌlīk\ adjective
gen·tle·man·like·ness noun

Examples of gentleman

  1. A true gentleman would never engage in such behavior.

  2. He's a gentleman by birth.



Origin of gentleman

Middle English gentilman


First Known Use: 12th century

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