a man of refinement
valet, valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, man(noun)
a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
"Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
A man of breeding or higher class.
A polite term referring to a man.
Please direct this gentleman to the menswear department.
A polite form of address to a group of men.
Follow me, gentlemen.
Toilets intended for use by men.
A cricketer of independent wealth, who does not (require to) get paid to play the sport
a man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman
one of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man
one who bears arms, but has no title
the servant of a man of rank
a man, irrespective of condition; -- used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc
Origin: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]
In modern speech the term gentleman refers to any man of good, courteous conduct. It may also refer to all men collectively, as in indications of gender-separated facilities, or as a sign of the speaker's own courtesy when addressing others. In its original meaning, the term denoted a man of the lowest rank of the English gentry, standing below an esquire and above a yeoman. By definition, this category included the younger sons of the younger sons of peers and the younger sons of baronets, knights, and esquires in perpetual succession, and thus the term captures the common denominator of gentility shared by both constituents of the English aristocracy: the peerage and the gentry. In this sense, the word equates with the French gentilhomme, which latter term has been, in Great Britain, long confined to the peerage; Maurice Keen points to the category of "gentlemen" in this context as thus constituting "the nearest contemporary English equivalent of the noblesse of France". The notion of "gentlemen" as encapsulating the members of the hereditary ruling class was what the rebels under John Ball in the 14th century meant when they repeated:
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jen′tl-man, n. a man of good birth: one who without a title wears a coat of arms: more generally every man above the rank of yeoman, including the nobility: one above the trading classes: a man of refined manners: a polite term used for man in general: (Shak.) a body-servant:—pl. Gen′tlemen—also a word of address:—fem. Gen′tlewoman.—ns. Gen′tleman-at-arms, a member of the royal bodyguard, instituted in 1509, and now composed of military officers of service and distinction only; Gen′tleman-comm′oner, a member of the higher class of commoners at Oxford University; Gen′tlemanhood, Gen′tlemanship, the condition or character of a gentleman.—adjs. Gen′tlemanlike, Gen′tlemanly, well-bred, refined, generous; Gen′tlemanliness.—adj. Gen′tlewomanly, like a refined and well-bred woman.—n. Gen′tlewomanliness.—Gentleman farmer, a landowner who resides on his estate and superintends the cultivation of his own soil; Gentleman of the Chapel-royal, a lay-singer who assists the priests in the choral service of the royal chapel; Gentleman's gentleman, a valet, or gentleman's body-servant; Gentleman usher, a gentleman who serves as an usher at court, or as an attendant on a person of rank.
The Roycroft Dictionary
One who is gentle toward the friendless.
A man who is polite, mannerly and treats everybody and everything with respect.
Her father was a gentleman and it showed in how he treated everyone and everything and was a beautiful role model for the family and community.
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2069
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1888
Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Nouns Frequency: #707
The numerical value of gentleman in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of gentleman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A gentleman is not for his gender, A gentleman known by his good jester
A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
I'm looking forward to it. I'm a gentleman, I want to be a gentleman. I don't know what's going to happen.
He was a pillar on Wall Street — somebody everyone looked up to, very nice gentleman ... They seem like a normal family.
The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong; he can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.
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Translations for gentleman
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- شهم, السيد, سيد, سادتي, مؤدب, خواجا, مهذب, أفندي, جنتلمان, رجل نبيلArabic
- пан, спадарBelarusian
- Herr, meine HerrenGerman
- κύριος, κύριοι, ευπατρίδηςGreek
- caballero, señoresSpanish
- herrasmiehet, herrasmies, miestenFinnish
- monsieur, messieurs, gentilhommeFrench
- duine-uasalScottish Gaelic
- úr, urak, úriemberHungarian
- պարոն, ջենտլմենArmenian
- valmenni, herramaður, heiðursmaður, karlaklósett, aðalsmaður, prúðmenni, herra, ljúfmenni, herramennIcelandic
- signore, signori, gentiluomoItalian
- 男性用トイレ, 紳士, だんな, お客様, 諸君, 各位, 先生Japanese
- mamoste, hêja, ez-xulam, ezbenî, efendî, birêz, seyda, rêzdarKurdish
- господин, машки тоалетMacedonian
- heren, heer, meneerDutch
- herrer, herretoalett, herreNorwegian
- dżentelmen, panowie, panPolish
- senhor, [[banheiro]] [[masculino]], nobre, fidalgo, cavalheiroPortuguese
- domnii mei!, bărbați, domn, gentlemen, domnilor!, domniRomanian
- джентльмен, господин, господа, уважаемый, мужской туалет, сударьRussian
- gospodin, gospodaSerbo-Croatian
- herre, herrtoalett, gentleman, adelsman, herrSwedish
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