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Synonyms for gent

Synonyms: Noun

bastard, bloke [chiefly British], buck, cat, chap [chiefly British], chappie [British], dude, fella, fellow, galoot [slang], gentleman, guy, hombre, jack, joe, joker, lad, male, man

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Some of Hollywood’s most stylish gents have gotten on board; Lenny Kravitz, Elton John, and the late Prince have worn them for years. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Men In Heels? I Put the Tricky Trend to the Test," 26 Feb. 2019 Whether the leading ladies and gents are hoping to take home an award or simply joining in on the fun at The Beverly Hilton, all of your favorite celebrities will be together again, wining and dining under one roof. Vogue, "Golden Globes 2019: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet," 6 Jan. 2019 With their uniquely ’70s flair and blazing sideburns, the gents rocked the room all night with their covers of classic jams. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lily Aldridge, and Joan Smalls Welcome Their Latest Campaign for Jimmy Choo," 9 Sep. 2018 BlackTail Funny to think that two gents from Northern Ireland could conjure such a Hemingway-in-Cuba vibe. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Miramax revisited the glitterball era in 1998 with 54, a splashy, fictional tale about the exploits of a young Jersey gent (Ryan Phillippe) tending bar at Manhattan’s iconic Studio 54. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "Ultra Naté, Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez on Their 1998 Stars on 54 Collaboration 'If You Could Read My Mind'," 31 May 2018 By the end of the night, the store had received the style stamp of approval from New York’s most dapper gents. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Nordstrom Brings Out the Boys for Its Men’s Store Launch," 11 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the gents sport Savile Row-inspired three-piece numbers—quintessentially British. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 Sure, a men’s suit sounds like an easy enough concept—but true fashion-savvy gents will know that there a few styles that are tricky territory, and should only be approached with expertise and, well, confidence. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How Timothée Chalamet Pulled Off the Tricky Floral Suit," 14 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gent


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1564, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gent


Middle English, "of aristocratic birth, graceful, beautiful," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin genitus, past participle of gignere "to engender" — more at kin entry 1


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The first known use of gent was in the 13th century

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: man entry 1 sense 1 a delightful old gent

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