Origin of gentMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin genitus, born, past participle of gignere, to beget, produce: see genus
Origin of gentMiddle English, noble, excellent, from Old French, well-born, from Latin genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of gentShort for gentleman.
- A gentleman.
(comparative more gent, superlative most gent)
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ix:
- He lou'd, as was his lot, a Ladie gent, / That him againe lou'd in the least degree [...].
From Old French gent, ultimately from Latin genitum (“born”).