[ jen-tl-woom-uhn ]
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noun,plural gen·tle·wom·en.
  1. a woman of good family, breeding, or social position

  2. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.

  1. a woman who attends upon a lady of rank.

  2. a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for gentlewoman


/ (ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən) /

nounplural -women
  1. archaic a woman regarded as being of good family or breeding; lady

  2. rare a woman who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated

  1. history a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady

Derived forms of gentlewoman

  • gentlewomanly, adjective
  • gentlewomanliness, noun

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