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Meaning of GENTLEMAN

Pronunciation:  'jentlmun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a man of refinement
  2. [n]  a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
 

GENTLEMAN is a 9 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: gentleman's gentleman, valet, valet de chambre
 
 See Also: adult male, body servant, gent, gentleman-at-arms, man, manservant

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Gen"tle*man\, n.; pl. {Gentlemen}. [OE. gentilman
nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]
1. A man well born; one of good family; one above the
   condition of a yeoman.

2. One of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man.

3. (Her.) One who bears arms, but has no title.

4. The servant of a man of rank.

         The count's gentleman, one Cesario.   --Shak.

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

Note: In Great Britain, the term gentleman is applied in a
      limited sense to those having coats of arms, but who
      are without a title, and, in this sense, gentlemen hold
      a middle rank between the nobility and yeomanry. In a
      more extended sense, it includes every man above the
      rank of yeoman, comprehending the nobility. In the
      United States, the term is applied to men of education
      and good breeding of every occupation.

{Gentleman commoner}, one of the highest class of commoners
   at the University of Oxford.

{Gentleman usher}, one who ushers visitors into the presence
   of a sovereign, etc.

{Gentleman usher of the black rod}, an usher belonging to the
   Order of the Garter, whose chief duty is to serve as
   official messenger of the House of Lords.

{Gentlemen-at-arms}, a band of forty gentlemen who attend the
   sovereign on state occasions; formerly called {gentlemen
   pensioners}. [Eng.]

 
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