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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • gentleman — gentlemanlike, adj. /jen tl meuhn/, n., pl. gentlemen. 1. a man of good family, breeding, or social position. 2. (used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there? 3. gentlemen, (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please… …   Universalium

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