Definition of gentleman
- show this gentleman to a seat
- ladies and gentlemen
A true gentleman would never engage in such behavior.
He's a gentleman by birth.
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First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: a man who treats other people in a proper and polite way
: a man of high social status
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