Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Graceful; elegant.
  • noun A gentleman.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A gentleman.
  • adjective obsolete Noble; well-bred, courteous; graceful.
  • adjective obsolete neat; pretty; elegant

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, noble, excellent, from Old French, well-born, from Latin genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Short for gentleman.]

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From gentleman.

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From Old French gent, ultimately from Latin genitum ("born").

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