gents'

[jents]

the, Informal. a men's room.

Origin of gents'

First recorded in 1920–25; see origin at gent1, -s3

gent

1
[jent]

noun

Origin of gent

1
First recorded in 1555–65; by shortening

Gent

[khent]

noun

Flemish name of Ghent.
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British Dictionary definitions for gents'

gent

noun

informal short for gentleman

Gent

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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