[ jen-tl-pur-suh n ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tlˌpɜr sən /


a person of good family and position; gentleman or lady.


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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of gentleperson

First recorded in 1970–75; gentle(man) + -person

usage note for gentleperson

See -person.

Definition for gentle-person (2 of 2)

[ jen-tl-pee-puh l ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tlˌpi pəl /

plural noun

a formal term of address to a group of people. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020