[ jen-tl-muh n ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tl mən /

noun, plural gen·tle·men.

Origin of gentleman

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; see origin at gentle, man1

Related forms

gen·tle·man·like, adjectiveun·der·gen·tle·man, noun, plural un·der·gen·tle·men.un·gen·tle·man·like, adjective

Usage note

See lady. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gentleman


/ (ˈdʒɛntəlmən) /

noun plural -men

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

Derived Forms

gentlemanly, adjectivegentlemanliness, noun
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