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gents'

[jents]
  1. the, Informal. a men's room.
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Origin of gents'

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

gent1

[jent]
noun
  1. Informal. gentleman(defs 1, 2).
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Origin of gent1

First recorded in 1555–65; by shortening

Gent

[khent]
noun
  1. Flemish name of Ghent.
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British Dictionary definitions for gents'

gent

noun
  1. informal short for gentleman
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Gent

noun
  1. 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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