- The definition of a gentleman is a man in a high social position, or a man with excellent manners.
An example of a gentleman is a man who always holds the door open for ladies.
- Obsolete a man born into a family of high social standing
- any man of independent means who does not work for a living
- a courteous, gracious man with a strong sense of honor
- a man's personal servant; valetchiefly in the phrase gentleman's gentleman
- any man: a polite term, esp. as (in pl.) a form of address
- ☆ a member of the U.S. House of Representatives: usually a form of address: often in the phrase (a specified state)
Origin: Middle English gentilman (after Old French gentilz hom): see gentle and amp; man
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- A man of gentle or noble birth or superior social position: “He's too much a gentleman to be a scholar” (Aphra Behn).
- A well-mannered and considerate man with high standards of proper behavior. See Usage Note at lady.
- A man of independent means who does not need to have a wage-paying job.
- A man: Do you know this gentleman?
- gentlemen Used as a form of address for a group of men.
- A manservant; a valet.
- genˈtle·man·ly adjective