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

2. One of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) One who bears arms, but has no title. [1913 Webster]

4. The servant of a man of rank. [1913 Webster]

The count's gentleman, one Cesario. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. A man, irrespective of condition; -- used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]


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  • gentleman — [ ʒɑ̃tləman; dʒɛntləman ] n. m. • 1698; gentilleman 1558; angl. gentleman, d apr. gentilhomme 1 ♦ Homme distingué, d une parfaite éducation. ⇒ gentilhomme (2o). Se comporter en gentleman. Arsène Lupin, le gentleman cambrioleur. Des gentlemans ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Gentleman — Sm Mann von Lebensart und Charakter erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. gentleman, einer Lehnübersetzung zu frz. gentilhomme, beides ursprünglich Edelmann . ne. gentle geht über frz. gentil zurück auf l. gentīlis… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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  • gentleman — patrician, aristocrat are comparable when they denote a person of good or noble birth. Gentleman basically implies descent from good family, the right to bear a coat of arms, and social rank just below that of the noble and above that of the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gentleman — (n.) well born man, early 13c., from GENTLE (Cf. gentle) + MAN (Cf. man). The Gentleman is always truthful and sincere; will not agree for the sake of complaisance or out of weakness ; will not pass over that of which he disapproves. He has a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gentleman — The word gentleman, formerly a term indicating social class, has largely fallen out of use in this meaning with the gradual erosion of class distinctions. It survives as a form of address (usually as ladies and gentlemen), in the phrase gentleman …   Modern English usage

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  • Gentleman — (engl., spr. dschéntl män, entsprechend im gewissen Sinn den französischen Ausdrücken »gentilhomme« und »galant homme«, mehr noch dem italienischen gentiluomo) ist zunächst in England eine Standesbezeichnung. Früher bezeichnete man mit G. den… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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