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Cavill and another gent whose name currently escapes us as a next-gen Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2023 Even politicians weighed in on the Tyler Mitchell–lensed photoshoot in which Styles, who is far from the first, or even the most provocative gent to slip into a dress, wears several frocks by Gucci, Chopova Lowena, Wales Bonner, and Harris Reed. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2020 But, the combination of a versatile, all-in-one design and fantastic price (less than $40, all-in) make this a great buy for just about any bearded gent. Men's Health, 14 Feb. 2023 The gent’s collection, which will go under the gavel at Morphy Auctions next month, includes no less than 400 mint-condition figurines from the 1970s and ‘80s. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2023 This one came from a gent seeking a recipe for the Christmas dessert of his childhood. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2022 To his credit, the gent manning the phone was very responsive. Christopher Muther,, 25 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Blanc—decked out in Southern-gent linens and dashing silk neckerchiefs—surveys this crew with his characteristically cool gaze. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 22 Nov. 2022 But having lorded over Downton Abbey since before World War I and been a good friend to Paddington the bear, Mr. Bonneville presents the least likely kind of upper-crust gent to be making young men disappear in chi-chi London. WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English, "of aristocratic birth, graceful, beautiful," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin genitus, past participle of gignere "to engender" — more at kin entry 1


by shortening

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1535, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Gent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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