Gentleman commoner
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-commoner — noun (plural gentlemen commoners) Date: 1687 any of a privileged class of commoners formerly required to pay higher fees than ordinary commoners at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gentleman-commoner — /jen tl meuhn kom euh neuhr/, n., pl. gentlemen commoners. (formerly) a member of a class of commoners enjoying special privileges at Oxford University. [1680 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • gentleman-commoner — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun (plural gentlemen commoners) : one of a privileged class of commoners formerly required to pay higher fees than ordinary commoners at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gentleman usher — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gentleman usher of the black rod — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commoner — n. 1. One of the commons, or common people, untitled person. 2. Student not on a foundation, gentleman commoner (Oxford), pensioner (Cambridge) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Gentleman — (engl., spr. Dschentelmän, Plur. Gentlemen), in England Jeder, der eine Stellung zwischen dem hohen Adel u. der arbeitenden Klasse einnimmt, überhaupt jeder gebildete Mann von gesellschaftlichem Takt u. ehrenwerthem Charakter; in der Mehrzahl… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gentleman — The term gentleman (from Latin gentilis , belonging to a race or gens , and man , cognate with the French word gentilhomme and the Italian gentil uomo or gentiluomo ), in its original and strict signification, denoted a man of good family,… …   Wikipedia

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