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 —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.
Origin and Etymology of gentleman
Middle English gentilman
First Known Use: 12th century
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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