from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Graceful; elegant.
  • n. Informal A gentleman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Noble; well-bred, courteous; graceful.
  • adj. neat; pretty; elegant
  • n. A gentleman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gentle; noble; of gentle birth.
  • adj. Neat; pretty; fine; elegant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noble; gentle.
  • Neat; slender; elegant.
  • Polished; refined.
  • n. An abbreviation of gentleman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry
  • n. informal abbreviation of `gentleman'
  • n. a boy or man


Middle English, noble, excellent, from Old French, well-born, from Latin genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
Short for gentleman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From gentleman. (Wiktionary)
From Old French gent, ultimately from Latin genitum ("born"). (Wiktionary)


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