gentleman Definition

  • 1a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man
  • 2a polite or formal way of referring to a man

Using gentleman: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gentleman" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    He is a true gentleman and always opens doors for others.

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    May I introduce you to our guest of honor, Mr. Smith, a true gentleman.

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    The gentleman at the front desk was very helpful.

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    He behaved like a perfect gentleman throughout the evening.

gentleman Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using gentleman

  • a phrase used to describe someone who is both intelligent and polite


    He is not only a brilliant scientist but also a gentleman and a scholar.

  • a gentleman's gentleman

    a man who serves as a personal servant or valet to a gentleman


    Jeeves, the famous character from P.G. Wodehouse's novels, is a perfect example of a gentleman's gentleman.

  • to behave in a polite and courteous manner, especially towards women


    He always tries to play the gentleman when he's on a date.

Phrases with gentleman

  • gentleman's agreement

    an informal agreement between two parties that is not legally binding but is based on honor and trust


    They made a gentleman's agreement to split the profits evenly.

  • ladies and gentlemen

    a polite and formal way of addressing a group of people, often used to begin a speech or presentation


    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tonight's performance.

  • a man who comes to visit a woman with romantic intentions


    She was excited when her gentleman caller arrived at the door.

Origins of gentleman

from Old French 'gentilz hom', meaning 'nobleman'


Summary: gentleman in Brief

A 'gentleman' [ˈdʒɛnt(ə)lmən] is a man who is chivalrous, courteous, and honorable. It can also be used as a polite or formal way of referring to a man. The term is often associated with phrases like 'gentleman's agreement' and idioms like 'a gentleman and a scholar,' which denote intelligence and politeness. 'Gentleman' is also used in phrases like 'ladies and gentlemen' and 'gentleman caller.'

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