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 genə- 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”).