gent

1
[ jent ]
/ dʒɛnt /
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noun

Origin of gent

1
First recorded in 1555–65; by shortening

Definition for gents (2 of 3)

Gent

[ khent ]
/ xɛnt /

noun

Flemish name of Ghent.

Definition for gents (3 of 3)

gents'

[ jents ]
/ dʒɛnts /

the, Informal. a men's room.

Origin of gents'

First recorded in 1920–25; see origin at gent1, -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for gents (1 of 3)

gents

/ (dʒɛnts) /

noun

(functioning as singular) British informal a men's public lavatory

British Dictionary definitions for gents (2 of 3)

gent

/ (dʒɛnt) /

noun

informal short for gentleman

British Dictionary definitions for gents (3 of 3)

Gent

/ (xɛnt) /

noun

the Flemish name for Ghent
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Word Origin and History for gents

gent


n.

short for gentleman, by 17c. (in early uses it is difficult to distinguish the shortening from the common abbreviation gent.). "Early in the nineteenth century the word was colloquial and slightly jocular; about 1840 its use came to be regarded as a mark of low breeding" [OED].

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