gen·​tle·​wom·​an | \ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of gentlewoman 

1a : a woman of noble or gentle birth

b : a woman who is an attendant upon a lady of rank

2 : a woman of refined manners or good breeding : lady

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Synonyms for gentlewoman


dame, lady, milady, noblewoman, peeress

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Examples of gentlewoman in a Sentence

in the 19th century a number of American gentlewomen used their wealth and influence to further abolitionism, women's rights, and other worthy causes

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This looks tacky and braggy and also, and perhaps most importantly, will leave people wondering: who is the nice young gentleman / gentlewoman who gave you said diamond? Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Wedding Season Instagram Rules: Tips for Posting Before, During, and After," 31 May 2018 America Ferrera and Natalie Portman My gentlewoman of a date, @nportmanofficial came all the way to the door for me. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Here Are the Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2018 Golden Globes," 8 Jan. 2018 America Ferrara and Natalie Portman pose as dates for the night: My gentlewoman of a date, @nportmanofficial came all the way to the door for me. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2018 Golden Globes," 8 Jan. 2018 On Monday, the gentlewoman from New York publicly called on the president to step down in light of the multiple accusations of harassment and assault swirling around him. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Trump Tests the Limits of Shame," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of gentlewoman

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of gentlewoman

: a woman of high social status


gen·​tle·​wom·​an | \ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural gentlewomen\-​ˌwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of gentlewoman

1 : a woman with very good manners : lady

2 : a woman of high social status

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