• IPA: /ˈdʒɛn.təl.mən/
  • (America) IPA: [ˈdʒɛɾ̃.ɫ̩.mən]

gentleman (plural gentlemen)

  1. (chiefly historical) A man of gentle but not noble birth, particularly a man of means (originally ownership of property) who does not work for a living but has no official status in a peerage; (UK law) an armiferous man ranking below a knight.
    Being a gentleman, Robert was entitled to shove other commoners into the gongpit but he still had to jump out of the way of the knights to avoid the same fate himself.
  2. Any well-bred, well-mannered, or charming man.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, […]. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. […] I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
  3. (pejorative) An effeminate or oversophisticated man.
    Synonyms: cockney, puss-gentleman, sissy, Thesaurus:effeminate man
    Well, la-di-da, aren't you just a proper gentleman?
  4. (polite term of address) Any man.
    Synonyms: sahib
    cot en
    Please escort this gentleman to the gentlemen's room.
  5. (usually historical, sometimes pejorative) An amateur or dabbler in any field, particularly those of independent means.
    Synonyms: dilettante
  6. (cricket) An amateur player, particularly one whose wealth permits him to forego payment.
    cot en
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: banheiro masculino
  • Russian: мужско́й туале́т

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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