[ jen-tl-woom-uhn ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tlˌwʊm ən /
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noun, plural gen·tle·wom·en.

a woman of good family, breeding, or social position
a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.
a woman who attends upon a lady of rank.
a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.



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Origin of gentlewoman

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at gentle, woman

OTHER WORDS FROM gentlewoman

gen·tle·wom·an·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gentlewoman

/ (ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən) /

noun plural -women

archaic a woman regarded as being of good family or breeding; lady
rare a woman who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
history a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady

Derived forms of gentlewoman

gentlewomanly, adjectivegentlewomanliness, noun
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