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Meaning of gentleman

gen•tle•man

Pronunciation: ( jen'tl-mun), [key]
— pl. -men.
  1. a man of good family, breeding, or social position.
  2. (used as a polite term) a man: Do you know that gentleman over there?
  3. (used as a form of address): Gentlemen, please come this way.
  4. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man: He behaved like a true gentleman.
  5. a male personal servant, esp. of a man of social position; valet.
  6. a male attendant upon a king, queen, or other royal person, who is himself of high birth or rank.
  7. a man of good social standing, as a noble or an armigerous commoner.
  8. a man with an independent income who does not work for a living.
  9. a male member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Massachusetts.
  10. a man who is above the rank of yeoman.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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