gentlewoman

noun gen·tle·wom·an \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of gentlewoman

1 a : 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

Examples of gentlewoman in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of gentlewoman

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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GENTLEWOMAN Defined for English Language Learners

gentlewoman

Definition of gentlewoman for English Language Learners

  • : a woman of high social status


GENTLEWOMAN Defined for Kids

gentlewoman

noun gen·tle·wom·an \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of gentlewoman for Students

plural gentlewomen \-ˌwi-mən\
1 : a woman with very good manners : lady
2 : a woman of high social status


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