gentlemen's agreement

or gentleman's agreement


noun

an agreement that, although unenforceable at law, is binding as a matter of personal honor.
an unwritten agreement by a socially prominent clique, private club, etc., to discriminate against or refuse to accept members of certain religious, racial, national, or other groups.

Nearby words

  1. gentleman-at-arms,
  2. gentleman-commoner,
  3. gentleman-farmer,
  4. gentleman-pensioner,
  5. gentlemanly,
  6. gentleness,
  7. gentlepeople,
  8. gentleperson,
  9. gentlewoman,
  10. gently

Origin of gentlemen's agreement

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for gentlemen's agreement

gentlemen's agreement

gentleman's agreement

noun

a personal understanding or arrangement based on honour and not legally binding
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