Origin of gent1
Definition for gents (2 of 3)
Definition for gents (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for gents
The denim miniskirt was walking out with one of the gents, a drunk in a suit.
"Yes, I'm goin' on another hunt fer the mine—account o' these two gents," and Abe Blower pointed to his companions.Dave Porter in the Gold Fields|Edward Stratemeyer
If a shoe store or gents' furnishing store does not exist, can one be established and supported?Booker T. Washington|Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
But yer place o' birth yer see, gents' jest the thing yer carn't select.
British Dictionary definitions for gents (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for gents (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for gents (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for gents
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].