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gentlewoman

noun gen·tle·wom·an \ˈjen-təl-ˌw-mən\

: a woman of high social status

Full Definition of GENTLEWOMAN

1
a :  a woman of noble or gentle birth
b :  a woman who is an attendant upon a lady of rank
2
:  a woman of refined manners or good breeding :  lady

Examples of GENTLEWOMAN

  1. <in the 19th century a number of American gentlewomen used their wealth and influence to further abolitionism, women's rights, and other worthy causes>

First Known Use of GENTLEWOMAN

13th century
GENTLEWOMAN Defined for Kids

gentlewoman

noun gen·tle·wom·an \ˈjen-təl-ˌw-mən\
plural gen·tle·wom·en \-ˌwi-mən\

Definition of GENTLEWOMAN for Kids

1
:  a woman with very good manners :  lady
2
:  a woman of high social status

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