Definitions of gentleman

  1. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; " Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
  2. A man well born; one of good family; one above the condition of a yeoman.
  3. One of gentle or refined manners; a well- bred man.
  4. One who bears arms, but has no title.
  5. The servant of a man of rank.
  6. A man, irrespective of condition; - used esp. in the plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular assemblies, etc.
  7. One who is entitled to bear a coat of arms; a well- bred and honorable man.
  8. 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.
  9. A man of good lineage; man of courtesy and honor.
  10. A well- bred and honorable man.
  11. A man of gentle extraction.
  12. 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.