gent

1
[jent]
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Origin of gent

1
First recorded in 1555–65; by shortening

gent

2
[jent]
adjective Obsolete.
  1. elegant; graceful.

Origin of gent

2
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin genitus begotten, born

Gent

[khent]
noun
  1. Flemish name of Ghent.

Gent.

or gent.

  1. gentleman or gentlemen.
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  • 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.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • "Which you'll cross the dark river all the easier," expounds the reeligious 76 gent.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for gent

gent

noun
  1. informal short for gentleman

Gent

noun
  1. the Flemish name for Ghent
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Word Origin and History for gent
n.

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].

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