What does gentleman mean?

Definitions for gentleman
ˈdʒɛn tl məngen·tle·man

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word gentleman.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gentlemannoun

    a man of refinement

  2. valet, valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, mannoun

    a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

    "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"

Wiktionary

  1. gentlemannoun

    A man of breeding or higher class.

  2. gentlemannoun

    A polite term referring to a man.

    Please direct this gentleman to the menswear department.

  3. gentlemannoun

    A polite form of address to a group of men.

    Follow me, gentlemen.

  4. gentlemannoun

    Toilets intended for use by men.

  5. gentlemannoun

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

  6. gentlemannoun

    Amateur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gentlemannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]

  2. Gentlemannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]

  3. Gentlemannoun

    one who bears arms, but has no title

    Etymology: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]

  4. Gentlemannoun

    the servant of a man of rank

    Etymology: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]

  5. Gentlemannoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. gentilman nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]

Freebase

  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:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gentleman

    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

  1. gentleman

    One who is gentle toward the friendless.

Editors Contribution

  1. gentleman

    A male adult who is polite, mannerly and is respectful to all human beings and animals

    Her father is a gentleman and it shows in how he has such respect for everyone and everything and is a beautiful role model for the family and community.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 26, 2015  

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentleman in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gentleman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of gentleman in a Sentence

  1. Joe Biden:

    Donald Trump and Joe Biden asked me if I ’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘ no. ’ I said, ‘ If we were in high school, I ’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.

  2. Otto von Bismarck:

    With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.

  3. Steven Siebert:

    He was a soulful gentleman with zero ego.

  4. William Waters:

    It could eventually go to the special magistrate, evidence had to be documented as to what the gentleman found when he went to visit the place on that Sunday.

  5. Donald Trump:

    No matter what you do, testing is not a perfect art. So we test once a week. Now we're going to get tested once a day. But even when you test once a day somebody could, something happens where they get something, i've had very little contact with this gentleman. Know who he is, good person... Yeah it's a little bit strange, but it's one of those things.

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Translations for gentleman

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  • شهم, السيد, سيد, سادتي, مؤدب, خواجا, مهذب, أفندي, جنتلمان, رجل نبيلArabic
  • пан, спадарBelarusian
  • господинBulgarian
  • panCzech
  • Herr, meine HerrenGerman
  • κύριος, κύριοι, ευπατρίδηςGreek
  • ĝentlemanoEsperanto
  • caballero, señoresSpanish
  • آقاPersian
  • herrasmiehet, herrasmies, miestenFinnish
  • monsieur, messieurs, gentilhommeFrench
  • duine-uasalScottish Gaelic
  • सज्जनHindi
  • úr, urak, úriemberHungarian
  • պարոն, ջենտլմենArmenian
  • priaIndonesian
  • 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
  • virumLatin
  • 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
  • панUkrainian

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