[jen-tl-pee-puh l]

plural noun

a formal term of address to a group of people.


[jen-tl-pur-suh n]


a person of good family and position; gentleman or lady.

Origin of gentleperson

First recorded in 1970–75; gentle(man) + -person

Usage note

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

Related Words for gentlepeople

aristocrat, brick, noble, scholar

Examples from the Web for gentlepeople

Historical Examples of gentlepeople

  • You couldn't mistake the Lucys for anything but gentlepeople.

  • Her father and family were removed to a good house in the neighbourhood, and gave themselves all the airs of gentlepeople.

    The Privateersman

    Frederick Marryat

  • This last she decided to let to some family of gentlepeople, while herself keeping on the farm and the barns.

    Joanna Godden

    Sheila Kaye-Smith