noun, often attributive \ˈjen-təl-mən, ˈje-nəl-, in rapid speech also ˈjen-tə-mən, ˈje-nə-\

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

: a man of high social status

Full Definition of GENTLEMAN

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


Middle English gentilman
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous


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