- a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
- (used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there?
- gentlemen, (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please come this way.
- a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman.
- a male personal servant, especially of a man of social position; valet.
- a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
- a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
- a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
- a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.
- History/Historical. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.
Origin of gentleman
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Examples from the Web for gentleman
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
That being a gentleman and respecting women is a sign of being a failure.What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
November 6, 2014
The Uber for Gentleman Companions By Julieanne Smolinski, Matter A new San Francisco startup promises “what women really want.”The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Oct 27-Nov 2, 2014
November 2, 2014
So long to a winner, a superstar, a gentleman, and a Yankee.10 Unforgettable Derek Jeter Highlights (VIDEO)
September 29, 2014
If Gentleman's Quarterly comes by for a photo spread, Palmer won't have to put a single sock in a hamper.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
The country was rapidly becoming, they agreed, no place for a gentleman to live.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Was the gentleman” (he chose that word as he looked at the boys) “layman or clerk?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I did not, sir, apply it to a gentleman; I applied it to Mr Chatterton.
I humbly apprehend, that Mr. Solmes has the spirit of a man, and a gentleman.
My uncle Antony presented him to me, as a gentleman he had a particular friendship for.
- a man regarded as having qualities of refinement associated with a good family
- a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
- a polite name for a man
- the personal servant of a gentleman (esp in the phrase gentleman's gentleman)
- British history a man of gentle birth, who was entitled to bear arms, ranking above a yeoman in social position
- (formerly) a smuggler
Word Origin and History for gentleman
The Gentleman is always truthful and sincere; will not agree for the sake of complaisance or out of weakness ; will not pass over that of which he disapproves. He has a clear soul, and a fearless, straightforward tongue. On the other hand he is not blunt and rude. His truth is courteous; his courtesy, truthful; never a humbug, yet, where he truthfully can, he prefers to say pleasant things. [J.R. Vernon, "Contemporary Review," 1869]
Related: Gentlemen. Gentleman's agreement is first attested 1929. Gentleman farmer recorded from 1749.