gentlewoman

noun
gen·​tle·​wom·​an | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce gentlewoman (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web She was described by family as intelligent, organized, practical, inquisitive, a stickler for proper grammar, a survivor in difficult situations, and a gentlewoman. Bonnie L. Cook, https://www.inquirer.com, "Gladys Palmer Bewley O’Brien, 96, former director of the Haddonfield Public Library," 5 June 2019 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 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 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 She was described by family as intelligent, organized, practical, inquisitive, a stickler for proper grammar, a survivor in difficult situations, and a gentlewoman. Bonnie L. Cook, https://www.inquirer.com, "Gladys Palmer Bewley O’Brien, 96, former director of the Haddonfield Public Library," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of gentlewoman

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

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The first known use of gentlewoman was in the 13th century

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“Gentlewoman.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentlewoman. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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gentlewoman

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English Language Learners Definition of gentlewoman

old-fashioned : a woman of high social status

gentlewoman

noun
gen·​tle·​wom·​an | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce gentlewoman (audio) \
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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