- a wealthy man living in his country home or estate.
Origin of country gentleman
First recorded in 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for country gentleman
The country-gentleman, again, was not only the legislator but a most important figure in the judicial and administrative system.
The country-gentleman had strong prejudices and enough common sense to recognise his own ignorance.
The country-gentleman had little reason to fear that government would diminish his importance by tampering with his functions.
The law of landed property, meanwhile, was of vital and immediate interest to the country-gentleman.
Consequently the country-gentleman, though less intelligent, is more likely to favour a national and liberal policy.
- a rich man with an estate in the country
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