gent

1
[ jent ]
/ dʒɛnt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. genroku,
  2. gens,
  3. gens du monde,
  4. genseng,
  5. genseric,
  6. gent.,
  7. gentamicin,
  8. genteel,
  9. genteelism,
  10. gentes

Origin of gent

1
First recorded in 1555–65; by shortening

gent

2
[ jent ]
/ dʒɛnt /

adjective Obsolete.

elegant; graceful.

Origin of gent

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

Gent

[ khent ]
/ xɛnt /

noun

Flemish name of Ghent.

Gent.

or gent.

gentleman or gentlemen.
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British Dictionary definitions for gent

gent

/ (dʒɛnt) /

noun

informal short for gentleman

Gent

/ (xɛnt) /

noun

the Flemish name for Ghent
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Word Origin and History for gent

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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