- a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
- (used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there?
- gentlemen, (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please come this way.
- a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman.
- a male personal servant, especially of a man of social position; valet.
- a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
- a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
- a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
- a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.
- History/Historical. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.
Origin of gentleman
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4. See man1.
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Examples from the Web for gentlemanlike
"You haven't told me why you like this gentlemanlike boor," he persisted.Peak and Prairie
Snooks does not any more think it gentlemanlike to blackball attorneys.The Book of Snobs
William Makepeace Thackeray
Is he not a devilish good-looking, gentlemanlike sort of fellow?Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
He was not only a very good-looking, but a gentlemanlike boy in his manners.The Poacher
There he is at Broadstone, as gentlemanlike a youth as I would wish to see.The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
- a man regarded as having qualities of refinement associated with a good family
- a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
- a polite name for a man
- the personal servant of a gentleman (esp in the phrase gentleman's gentleman)
- British history a man of gentle birth, who was entitled to bear arms, ranking above a yeoman in social position
- (formerly) a smuggler
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Word Origin and History for gentlemanlike
The Gentleman is always truthful and sincere; will not agree for the sake of complaisance or out of weakness ; will not pass over that of which he disapproves. He has a clear soul, and a fearless, straightforward tongue. On the other hand he is not blunt and rude. His truth is courteous; his courtesy, truthful; never a humbug, yet, where he truthfully can, he prefers to say pleasant things. [J.R. Vernon, "Contemporary Review," 1869]
Related: Gentlemen. Gentleman's agreement is first attested 1929. Gentleman farmer recorded from 1749.
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