\ ˈjent How to pronounce gent (audio) \

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of gent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That happens to be the case with Howard Nordlinger, the straight-hitting gent who rules the links roost at the Woodmont Country Club. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 15 July 2022 One collector chose Knight’s Monocle Man, who graced empty windows on Lincoln Road, for the foyer of his apartment; now that the bowler-wearing gent is the first thing guests see when the elevator door opens. Eleni Gage, Town & Country, 8 July 2022 No mail-order sleeper sofa would create enough of a cosseting vibe for a transplanted Southern gent. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Levinson, both as a writer and director, slowly unveils each gent, using the Fells Point Diner as their hub and playing much of the action at night, which gives much of the film a dark attractive and almost noir mood. Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2022 Then Hoffman, who is not a dainty gent, falls backward off of the lift and on to the opposite side of the couch. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2022 Case in point: This gent, who had his new Lamborghini Huracán seized by Danish police shortly after leaving the dealership. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 He’s the hairy-handed gent who ran amok in Kent in John Landis’ effects-laden 1981 horror comedy. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 This particular gent will also be fined for speeding in due course. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gent


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1535, 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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“Gent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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