[ jen-tl-muh n ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tl mən /

noun, plural gen·tle·men.

Nearby words

  1. gentle,
  2. gentle breeze,
  3. gentle craft,
  4. gentle sex,
  5. gentlefolk,
  6. gentleman friend,
  7. gentleman of fortune,
  8. gentleman of the road,
  9. gentleman usher of the black rod,
  10. gentleman's agreement

Origin of gentleman

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

Related formsgen·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 gentlemen


/ (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 Formsgentlemanly, adjectivegentlemanliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gentlemen


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