What does gentleman mean?

Definitions for gentleman
ˈdʒɛn tl məngen·tle·man

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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"


  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


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GENTLEMANnoun

    Etymology: gentilhomme, French; gentilhuomo, Ital. that is, homo gentilis, a man of ancestry. All other derivations seem to be whimsical.

    A civil war was within the bowels of that state, between the gentlemen and the peasants. Philip Sidney.

    I freely told you, all the wealth I had
    Ran in my veins; I was a gentleman. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    He hither came a private gentleman,
    But young and brave, and of a family
    Ancient and noble. Thomas Otway, Orphan.

    You say a long descended race
    Makes gentlemen, and that your high degree
    Is much disparag’d to be match’d with me. Dryden.

    Inquire me out some mean-born gentleman,
    Whom I will marry strait to Clarence’ daughter. William Shakespeare.

    The same gentlemen who have fixed this piece of morality on the three naked sisters dancing hand in hand, would have found out as good a one had there been four of them sitting at a distance, and covered from head to foot. Addison.

    Sir Thomas More, the Sunday after he gave up his chancellorship, came to his wife’s pew, and used the usual words of his gentleman usher, Madam, my lord is gone. William Camden.

    Let be call’d before us
    That gentleman of Buckingham’s in person. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    The earl of Hereford was reputed then
    In England the most valiant gentleman. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The king is a noble gentleman, and my familiar. William Shakespeare.


  1. Gentleman

    A gentleman (Old French: gentilz hom, gentle + man) is any man of good and courteous conduct. Originally, gentleman was the lowest rank of the landed gentry of England, ranking below an esquire and above a yeoman; by definition, the rank of gentleman comprised the younger sons of the younger sons of peers, and the younger sons of a baronet, a knight, and an esquire, in perpetual succession. As such, the connotation of the term gentleman captures the common denominator of gentility (and often a coat of arms); a right shared by the peerage and the gentry, the constituent classes of the British nobility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gentlemannoun

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

  2. Gentlemannoun

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

  3. Gentlemannoun

    one who bears arms, but has no title

  4. Gentlemannoun

    the servant of a man of rank

  5. Gentlemannoun

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

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


  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 that 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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gentleman is ranked #63218 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gentleman surname appeared 316 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gentleman.

    90.5% or 286 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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

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  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. President Trump:

    I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking ... we’ll see what happens, i hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace. But you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time ... everybody’s been outplayed. They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens.

  2. Carrejo Labendeira:

    Its hood was up, and Edward, our driver, couldn't do anything but slow down and try to go around it, but being the gentleman farmer that he was, he started to offer help. And as quick as his words were coming out, they jumped on the bus with their guns pointed at us. And the rifle. And told Edward to go to the back of the bus.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We're with a gentleman who had one of the greatest election wins anywhere in the world, you did indeed have a landslide election. That was a great election.

  4. Rick Dantzler:

    I think that's unnatural to him and not what he wants to do or is comfortable doing, he was always a gentleman to me.

  5. Dave Chanda:

    They knew what to do. They probably saved the gentleman's life.

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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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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
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