Definitions of gentleman

  1. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; " Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
  2. a man of refinement
  3. A man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman.
  4. One of gentle or refined manners; a well- bred man.
  5. One who bears arms, but has no title.
  6. The servant of a man of rank.
  7. A man, irrespective of condition; - used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc.
  8. One who is entitled to bear a coat of arms; a well- bred and honorable man.
  9. A man of gentle or good birth: in England, one who without a title wears a coat of arms; every man above the rank of yeoman, including the nobility; one above the trading classes; an officer of the royal household: in the broadest sense, a man of refined manners and good behavior:- in pl. a word of address:- pl. GENTLEMEN:- fem. GENTLEWOMAN.
  11. A man of good lineage; man of courtesy and honor.
  12. A well- bred and honorable man.
  13. A man of gentle extraction.
  14. In a general sense, every educated person above a labourer, an artisan, or a tradesman; an individual possessed of the conduct, character, habits, and outward appearance which belong, or are expected to belong, to persons born and educated in a high social position; a man in any station of life who is possessed of good breeding and refined manners, strict integrity and honour, kindness of heart, and suchlike qualities; in a limited sense, a person of fortune and good family, whether titled or not; one who bears a coat of arms: a term of complaisance or respect, as in the plural- gentlemen, when addressing a number of persons.

Usage examples for gentleman

  1. " This gentleman-" she began. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. He is a gentleman, that's all. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  3. That gentleman is myself! – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  4. Yes; the man was a gentleman; there was no doubt of that. – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  5. I saw the other gentleman this morning, sir. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  6. They were brought, she went on eagerly, by a very nice gentleman. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  7. As it is, I am a poor gentleman with very little money. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  8. You are pronouncedly a gentleman. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  9. Seem'd he a Gentleman? – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  10. What could the poor gentleman do? – The Man From the Clouds by J. Storer Clouston
  11. I have sometimes thought she meant Bridyeen to marry a gentleman. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan
  12. Perhaps I ought to tell you that we of the police are quite sure that the gentleman about whom you are anxious left this hotel- if indeed he was ever in it. – The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. Is he what you would call a gentleman? – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  14. " Specially with a young gentleman, ma'am. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  15. And I used to wonder sometimes what had become of him- he was a gentleman, you know. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  16. It might happen to any man, let alone gentleman- don't take on so. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  17. To a gentleman, if you know what that is. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  18. The same gentleman is at our place to- night, my lady. – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  19. He seems a very nice old gentleman. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn