Definition of gentleman
1a : a man of noble or gentle (see 1gentle 1a) birthb : a man belonging to the landed gentryc (1) : a man who combines gentle (see 1gentle 1a) birth or rank with chivalrous qualities (2) : a man whose conduct conforms to a high standard of propriety or correct behaviord (1) : a man of independent means who does not engage in any occupation or profession for gain (2) : a man who does not engage in a menial occupation or in manual labor for gain
2 : valet 1b —often used in the phrase gentleman's gentleman
3 : a man of any social class or condition —often used in a courteous reference show this gentleman to a seat or usually in the plural in address ladies and gentlemen
gentlemanlikeplay \ˈjen-təl-mən-ˌlīk, ˈje-nəl-\ adjective
Examples of gentleman in a Sentence
A true gentleman would never engage in such behavior.
He's a gentleman by birth.
Recent Examples of gentleman from the Web
Precisely at 2:00, three gentlemen came to my door.
Over in the corner, his fist around a spoon, sits an older gentleman in a big red yarn wig and a lady's nightgown, eating mush.
Your gentleman friend, on the other hand, is a dirt ball.
Another woman will be here demonstrating weaving or bag twining, and there will be a gentleman who plays the flute.
Case in point, is a gentleman who had an encounter with one of [Dakota County Minnesota’s] finest over the weekend.
Doctor Mark Vaughan, director of Auburn Medical Group in California, recently uploaded a five-minute clip to YouTube of a gruesome earwax removal procedure performed on a sweet older gentleman named Lou.
This move back to nature follows other trends, such as the paleo diet and the rise of the gentleman farmer, that urge us to make like our ancestors and simplify.
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Origin and Etymology of gentleman
Middle English gentilman
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
GENTLEMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gentleman for English Language Learners
: a man who treats other people in a proper and polite way
: a man of high social status
GENTLEMAN Defined for Kids
Definition of gentleman for Students
1 : a man with very good manners
2 : a man of any social position Hint: This word is used especially in polite speech or when speaking to a group of men. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
3 : a man of high social status He's a gentleman by birth.
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