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Meaning of gentlewoman

gen•tle•wom•an

Pronunciation: ( jen'tl-woom"un), [key]
— pl. -wom•en.
  1. a woman of good family, breeding, or social position
  2. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.
  3. a woman who attends upon a lady of rank.
  4. a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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