noun, plural gen·tle·men.
- gentle breeze,
- gentle craft,
- gentle sex,
- gentleman friend,
- gentleman of fortune,
- gentleman of the road,
- gentleman usher of the black rod,
- gentleman's agreement
Origin of gentleman
Examples from the Web for gentlemen
These gentlemen, said Clausewitz in brief, had the misfortune of mistaking the accoutrements of war for its essential nature.
At the same time, I knew that they were these gentlemen whom I had just recently met.
Waving a silk cloth, he declared, “Gentlemen, I will have this land just as surely as I now have this handkerchief.”
“This is what you call perseverance, ladies and gentlemen,” Greenfield said.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won|Michael Daly|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ladies and gentlemen, the Don Draper we know and love is back.Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet|Marlow Stern|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The three gentlemen walked gravely on, in pleasant conversation.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
Examine him, gentlemen, and see if there is no poison capable of producing similar symptoms.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life|Honore de Balzac
Naturally the gentlemen were enchanted, so I hope Auntie Rachel isn't terribly shocked.The Christian|Hall Caine
The money at the door, and that everyone should behave as ladies and gentlemen, were the only things insisted upon.The Malefactor|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Would any of your gentlemen acquaintance do the like for you?Evan Harrington, Complete|George Meredith
noun plural -men
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.