Definitions for gentlemanˈdʒɛn tl mən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gen•tle•man*ˈdʒɛn tl mən(n.)(pl.)-men.

  1. a man of good family, breeding, or social position.

  2. (used as a polite term) a man:

    the gentleman in the tweed suit.

  3. gentlemen, (used as a form of address):

    Gentlemen, please come this way.

  4. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man.

  5. a male personal servant; valet.

  6. a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.

    Category: Government

  7. a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.

  8. a male member of the U.S. Congress:

    The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.

    Category: Government

  9. (formerly) a man above the rank of yeoman.

    Category: Western History

* Syn: See man.

Origin of gentleman:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. gentleman(noun)

    a man of refinement

  2. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gentleman(noun)ˈdʒɛn tl mən

    a polite and respectful man

    He was a real gentleman all evening.

  2. gentlemanˈdʒɛn tl mən

    refers to a man when you are talking politely

    Gentlemen, allow me to show you to your table.


  1. gentleman(Noun)

    A man of breeding or higher class.

  2. gentleman(Noun)

    A polite term referring to a man.

    Please direct this gentleman to the menswear department.

  3. gentleman(Noun)

    A polite form of address to a group of men.

    Follow me, gentlemen.

  4. gentleman(Noun)

    Toilets intended for use by men.

  5. gentleman(Noun)

    A cricketer of independent wealth, who does not (require to) get paid to play the sport

  6. gentleman(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Gentleman(noun)

    a man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman

  2. Gentleman(noun)

    one of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man

  3. Gentleman(noun)

    one who bears arms, but has no title

  4. Gentleman(noun)

    the servant of a man of rank

  5. Gentleman(noun)

    a man, irrespective of condition; -- used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc


  1. Gentleman

    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:

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. gentleman

    One who is gentle toward the friendless.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2069

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1888

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gentleman' in Nouns Frequency: #707

Translations for gentleman

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a polite word for a man

Two gentlemen arrived this morning.

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