- Informal. gentleman(defs 1, 2).
Origin of gent1
- elegant; graceful.
Origin of gent2
- Flemish name of Ghent.
- gentleman or gentlemen.
Examples from the Web for gent
Prior to her arrest, Johnson was living under partial immunity in Gent, Belgium, while a case was being built against her.Caught: Female Assassin Who Allegedly Murdered Five American Nuns
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 22, 2014
Now, by “old school,” Mrs. Cain means a midcentury sort of gent who sees himself as “a protector of women.”Gloria Cain: Sex Accusations Make No Sense in 'Old School' Marriage
November 15, 2011
The British-sounding gent from Agence France-Press asked about progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace issue.The President Vs. the Press
March 25, 2009
Sure, gent, I'll have it here at seven, and be here at seven-thirty.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He's left a gent more dead than alive back in Martindale, and I want him.
Now, a gent with special fine eyes might find that you looked like the gent on this poster.
A gent can rely on the Nellie brand, same as he can on his guns.
Which a gent can't be no painter onless he's got ha'r like a cow pony.
- informal short for gentleman
- the Flemish name for Ghent
Word Origin and History for gent
short for gentleman, by 17c. (in early uses it is difficult to distinguish the shortening from the common abbreviation gent.). "Early in the nineteenth century the word was colloquial and slightly jocular; about 1840 its use came to be regarded as a mark of low breeding" [OED].