\ 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 Later, four men join her on an artistic exploration inspired by New Mexico’s own Georgia O’Keeffe, and one surprising gent studies the art of cuddling with our Bachelorette. Ben Flanagan |, al, 19 July 2021 Cornett, a husky, white-haired gent with contagious curiosity, bent down and studied the makeshift habitat, wondering aloud whether the occupant was home, either dead or alive. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Its owner, a tough, leathery gent in his 70s named Jim Guimarin, had discovered a lucrative niche in the collectibles business. Chris Tomlinson, San Antonio Express-News, 20 May 2021 Recall how the Democratic Party’s other old gent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, said in July that Mr. Biden could be the most progressive president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2021 Elba’s character, a laconic gent named Harp, shares his untidy house with a horse, cordoned off in a makeshift living-room stall. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 2 Apr. 2021 The woman who was given the wrong order at the coffee place comes unglued with the barista, or the gent who had to wait outside the store because of limited capacity begins a shouting match with the clerk. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Big Papi is No. 1 for a Twins batter blunder, no question, but this gent was my nominee for No. 2 in a recent discussion: Graig Nettles, power hitter and fantastic fielder, remembered mostly as the Yankees third baseman from 1973 to 1983. Star Tribune, 20 Feb. 2021 Lockheed's Erik Miller shepherded a newsreeler, a gent with a reputation for iron nerves, to Williams AFB to film a spectacular quartet of aerial acrobats—the Acrojets. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020

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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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“Gent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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: man entry 1 sense 1 a delightful old gent


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