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gent 1

Syllabification: gent

noun

informal
1A gentleman.
Example sentences
  • Blanche believes her polite and witty new man is the perfect gent - until he tries to chat up Tracy.
  • One customer, an elderly gent took to popping in regularly.
  • One of the main characters was an elderly gent dressed up as a drummer in Napoleon Bonaparte's army.
1.1 (the gents) British A men’s public restroom.
Example sentences
  • I have been told that there are no urinals in the gents.
  • A trip to the Ladies and the Gents also involves a walk up steps - which, as well as making the toilets difficult to service, also means there is no disabled access.
  • So revolted was I by this crime against the culinary arts, I immediately dashed to the gents</em.

Origin

Mid 16th century: originally a standard written abbreviation; a colloquial usage since the early 19th century.

Words that rhyme with gent

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Gent 2 Syllabification: Gent
Pronunciation: /KHent/
/ɡent/
Flemish name for Ghent.

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