There are 2 definitions of gent in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʒɛnt
 
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noun

informal
1A gentleman.
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  • 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 (gents) British (In shop titles) men’s: a gents hairdressing shop
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  • Hatto, who has gents' hairdressing salons in several villages, started building up his chain of shops when he was 21.
  • The traditional gents barber was the victim of a practical joke by his friends working at the sign shop, across the road, where he had ordered the board.
  • He's outside the gents hair salon that I always misread as saloon.
1.2 (the gents) British A men’s public toilet.
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  • 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.

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