Definition of gentleman in English:

gentleman

Line breaks: gentle|man
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnt(ə)lmən
 
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noun (plural gentlemen)

  • 1A chivalrous, courteous, or honourable man: he behaved throughout like a perfect gentleman
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    • He was always the perfect gentleman, courteous and kind in his dealings with others.
    • ‘He was an honourable man and a gentleman and brightened every room with his presence,’ his older brother Keenan last night said.
    • I'd like to point out that I was the perfect gentlemen throughout, and my question was as a result of the picture next to the chatbox - I was wondering how intelligent she was.
  • 1.1A man of good social position, especially one of wealth and leisure.
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    • At social gatherings eligible gentlemen would draw lots bearing ladies' names on the eve of St Valentine's Day.
    • It seems as if everyone is so concerned with reputation and wealth and well-founded gentlemen.
    • Perhaps it was then that within the Royal Navy an officer's entry status was that of an officer by education and a gentleman by social background and manners.
  • 1.2A man of noble birth attached to a royal household: a Gentleman of the Bedchamber
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    • He is an officer and a gentleman by royal decree.
    • The second man was in the North, a gentleman by birth.
    • Tall, well built, handsome, intelligent, graceful, he was everything a gentleman and noble should be.
  • 2A polite or formal way of referring to a man: opposite her an old gentleman sat reading can I help you, gentlemen?
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    • On this woman's right, on the other side of the table from Stanson, two older English-looking gentlemen sat quietly.
    • On the bus on my way home, I was very polite to an elderly gentleman by offering him my side of the seat where he'd be more comfortable.
    • In addition, instead of fashionably dressed young ladies stationed at the gate to usher in the movie-goers, formally attired old gentlemen will be assigned to do the job.
  • 2.1Used as a courteous title for a male fellow member of the House of Commons or the House of Representatives: the Right Honourable Gentleman opposite
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    • Senator, thank you for joining us, a fine gentleman and a fine representative from the state of Missouri.
    • In the tradition of the House, the gentleman from Texas is recognized for 5 minutes.
    • And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'man of noble birth'): from gentle1 + man, translating Old French gentilz hom. In later use the term denoted a man of a good family (especially one entitled to a coat of arms) but not of the nobility.

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