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.
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- n. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
- n. a man of refinement
But every gentleman is a _gentleman_ to his _valet_, for the qualities that distinguish the gentleman are every day and every hour manifested.
Then William Ions, the express-boy, being shewn to the last witness, St. John, he says, "this is the boy whom I saw sent with one of the two expresses that was sent that night; this lad went with the express to the Port-admiral at Deal, I believe; it was the express that Mr. Wright gave him from the gentleman who was there; _from that gentleman_."
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"Prof. gentleman" a _perfect gentleman_; cool, quiet, thoughtful, and _perfectly competent to execute his undertaking_.
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A member referring to another in the course of a debate does not say the gentleman from Manchester, but the honorable gentleman (written hon. gentleman) or, if he happens to be a privy councillor, the right honorable gentleman, or, if he is a member of one of the universities, or a member of one of the learned professions, the honorable and learned gentleman.
"Who was the gentleman with him -- I hope he was a _gentleman? _"
He was a gentleman -- a true _gentleman_; at the first glance any one would have given him that honourable and rarely-earned name.
In the mean time, a valet of the wardrobe delivered to a gentleman of the chamber the socks and garters, which the _gentleman_ presented to the monarch, and which socks his majesty deigned to draw on himself.
The Doctor says, "when I mentioned that I might appear to have _views of commerce, as a merchant_, or of curiosity as a traveller," &c. -- "that there was a gentleman in Petersburg with whom some _in America_ had a correspondence, who had given hints of the utility," &c. -- "and that I could _perhaps by means of that gentleman_ make acquaintance," &c.
You dies _straight, _ like a gentleman -- not cribbled up like a snow-fish, chucked out on the ice of the river St Lawrence, with your knees up to your nose, or your toes stuck into your arm-pits, as does take place in some of your foreign complaints; but straight, quite straight, and limber, like a _gentleman_.
You dies _straight_, like a gentleman -- not cribbled up like a snow-fish, chucked out on the ice of the river St. Lawrence, with your knees up to your nose, or your toes stuck into your arm-pits, as does take place in some of your foreign complaints; but straight, quite straight, and limber, like a _gentleman_.