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gentleman-commoner

[jen-tl-muh n-kom-uh-ner]
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noun, plural gen·tle·men-com·mon·ers.
  1. (formerly) a member of a class of commoners enjoying special privileges at Oxford University.

Origin of gentleman-commoner

First recorded in 1680–90
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Historical Examples

  • At the age of fifteen he was entered as a gentleman-commoner at Christchurch, Oxford.

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  • The gentleman-commoner “voted the affair d——d slow,” and declined the party altogether in favor of the gamekeeper and a cigar.

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  • In 1804 he proceeded to Oxford, where he entered in Magdalen College as a gentleman-commoner.