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[ jen-tl-muhn ]


, plural gen·tle·men.
  1. a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
  2. (used as a polite term) a man:

    Do you know that gentleman over there?

  3. gentlemen, (used as a form of address):

    Gentlemen, please come this way.

  4. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man:

    He behaved like a true gentleman.

  5. a male personal servant, especially of a man of social position; valet.
  6. a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
  7. a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
  8. a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
  9. a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives:

    The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.

  10. History/Historical. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.


/ ˈdʒɛntəlmən /


  1. a man regarded as having qualities of refinement associated with a good family
  2. a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
  3. a polite name for a man
  4. the personal servant of a gentleman (esp in the phrase gentleman's gentleman )
  5. history a man of gentle birth, who was entitled to bear arms, ranking above a yeoman in social position
  6. (formerly) a smuggler

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgentlemanly, adjective
  • ˈgentlemanliness, noun

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Other Words From

  • gentle·man·like adjective
  • under·gentle·man noun plural undergentlemen
  • un·gentle·man·like adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gentleman1

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; gentle, man

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Synonym Study

See man.

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Example Sentences

So Big Ern’s Barbeque is a barbeque shop and the owner is a gentleman named Ernie and he was working at the call center at Zappos and his passion was barbeque.

As I was getting ready to leave, this gentleman approached me, and I wished him a happy birthday.

The gentleman in question appeared young and sprightly for his age.

The way I look at it is that gentleman will probably be adopting our solutions very soon.

Ladies & gentlemen, Shalom & welcome onboard flight 971 from Tel aviv to Abu Dhabi.

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The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.

Still, I found myself agreeing with the older gentleman who saw the room as a sea of gentiles.

You mentioned Ecleftic, and the strip club anthem “Perfect Gentleman” is on there.

That being a gentleman and respecting women is a sign of being a failure.

The Uber for Gentleman Companions By Julieanne Smolinski, Matter A new San Francisco startup promises “what women really want.”

He was a bookseller, but better known as a translator of the German contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, &c.

A gentleman expatiating upon the good looks of women, declared that he had never yet seen an ugly woman.

A gentleman got out of a carriage before it stopped, and fell between the rail and the platform.

At another time her affections were deeply engaged by a young gentleman who visited a lady on a neighboring plantation.

At the same moment the door was thrown open, and Mrs. Gordon appeared on the threshold with a gentleman behind her.


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