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gentleman friend

noun, Older Use.
a man with whom a woman is romantically involved; suitor.
Origin of gentleman friend
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He would have gone only—only you deserted him to go off with your own—your own gentleman friend.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Her gentleman friend, if she has one, should be allowed to come to the home.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Your gentleman friend says you are to stay in your rooms, please, until he comes.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • A gentleman friend of Mr. Drury's had brought him from New York.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • Another boarder was entertaining her gentleman friend in the parlor.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Is there any gentleman friend of your uncle's who you think would be likely to inquire after you?

    Englefield Grange H. B. Paull
  • He's a gentleman friend of ours, and he knows a tremendous amount.

    An Ambitious Woman Edgar Fawcett
  • The employer asked in reply, "But have you not a gentleman friend?"

    Herself E. B. Lowry
  • "Conversion" was suggested to me by the remark of a gentleman friend.

    Poems of Passion

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • I have a gentleman friend who is over fifty and who said he was thirty-seven, and he got a dandy place last week.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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