noun, plural gen·tle·men.
Origin of gentleman
Synonyms for gentleman
Examples from the Web for gentlemen
Contemporary Examples of gentlemen
These gentlemen, said Clausewitz in brief, had the misfortune of mistaking the accoutrements of war for its essential nature.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
At the same time, I knew that they were these gentlemen whom I had just recently met.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
Waving a silk cloth, he declared, “Gentlemen, I will have this land just as surely as I now have this handkerchief.”Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
“This is what you call perseverance, ladies and gentlemen,” Greenfield said.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
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
May 12, 2014
Historical Examples of gentlemen
The three gentlemen parted most cordially from him after he had paid the check.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
On the contrary, gentlemen, I thought they were all looking at me.Explorations in Australia
The gentlemen were smoking, and some of the ladies were trying to look at ease with cigarettes.
We will wait till the gentlemen finish their cigars, before driving.
But if this goes on, it is the gentlemen who ought to withdraw.
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.