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

  • n. A man of gentle or noble birth or superior social position: "He's too much a gentleman to be a scholar” ( Aphra Behn).
  • n. A well-mannered and considerate man with high standards of proper behavior. See Usage Note at lady.
  • n. A man of independent means who does not need to have a wage-paying job.
  • n. A man: Do you know this gentleman?
  • n. Used as a form of address for a group of men.
  • n. A manservant; a valet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A well‐mannered or charming man
  • n. A man of breeding or higher class.
  • n. A polite term referring to a man.
  • n. A polite form of address to a group of men.
  • n. Toilets intended for use by men.
  • n. A cricketer of independent wealth, who does not (require to) get paid to play the sport
  • n. Amateur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman.
  • n. One of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man.
  • n. One who bears arms, but has no title.
  • n. The servant of a man of rank.
  • n. A man, irrespective of condition; -- used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man of good family; a man of good or gentle birth; in England, specifically, any man above the social rank of yeoman, including noblemen; in a more limited sense, a man who without a title bears a coat of arms, or whose ancestors have been freemen; one of the class holding a middle rank between the nobility and yeomanry.
  • n. In a loose sense, any man whose breeding, education, occupation, or income raises him above menial service or an ordinary trade.
  • n. A man of good breeding, courtesy, and kindness; hence, a man distinguished for fine sense of honor, strict regard for his obligations, and consideration for the rights and feelings of others.
  • n. As a polite form of speech, a man in general; any man, but particularly, where discrimination is used, any man of respectable appearance or good manners; in the plural, a form of address to a company of men, or to all the men in an audience: as, welcome, gentlemen; ladies and gentlemen.
  • n. The body-servant or personal attendant of a man of rank.
  • n. An apparatus used in soldering circular pewter ware. It is a revolving pedestal, adjustable by a side-screw to any height.
  • n. [Perhaps an adaptation of another name of the same bird, Jan van Gent.] The white gannet or solan goose, Sula bassana.
  • n. An invalid or disabled soldier who made his living by begging.

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

  • n. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
  • n. a man of refinement


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

gentle +‎ man, a calque of French gentilhomme.



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  • CD 8. None of the other dictionaries suggest anything similar.

    April 11, 2011