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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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Zachary Kale is a talented gent from the South who’s already seen Florida Georgia Line record one of his compositions. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Did Meghan Trainor Just Find Her Next Smash?," 26 June 2019 The 25-year-old musician is a handsome southern gent—just like Hannah likes 'em—and he's breezed through the first few episodes without any real drama. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Is Jed W. on 'The Bachelorette' Just for His Music Career?," 4 June 2019 While all eyes are always on Barbados native Rihanna, who made a splash this year with her Bantu knots and soft pink lipstick, the ladies and gents who attend the celebration are pretty noteworthy, especially in their display of Black beauty. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Beauty Moments From Caribbean Festival Crop Over 2019 in Barbados," 7 Aug. 2019 Twice per year, the Honor Flights Twin Cities chapter (one of 140 around the United States) flies aging gents and some gals to Washington, D.C., for a whirlwind tour of the city. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The heart and muscle behind Honor Flight Twin Cities," 4 July 2019 Adler After Dark: Moonshot: Don your best Don Draper and Peggy Olson looks, ladies and gents, for this nighttime, adults-only Adler After Dark. Bianca Sanchez,, "Adler celebrates moon landing’s 50th anniversary, plus what’s on PBS when you land back home," 2 July 2019 This time the ladies (and gents) of Monterey put on some disco threads for Amabella’s birthday party. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch this weekend: Meryl is coming for Nicole on Big Little Lies," 28 June 2019 And as the evening’s festivities came to a close, Yao, the other girls, and their dashing gents headed out to the clubs—but not before a quick change; the heels and jewels (all by Payal New York) were safely stored. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside Le Bal, the World’s Most Exclusive Debutante Ball," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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