- 1[countable] a man who is polite and well educated, who has excellent manners and always behaves well Thank you—you're a real gentleman. He's no gentleman! compare lady
- 2[countable, usually plural] (formal) used to address or refer to a man, especially someone you do not know Ladies and gentlemen!Can I have your attention, please? Gentlemen of the jury! Can I help you, gentlemen? There's a gentleman to see you. In more informal speech, you could say:Can I help you?There's someone to see you.
- 3 used to address or refer to a male member of a legislature, for example the House of Representatives
- 4(old-fashioned) a man from a high social class, especially one who does not need to work a country gentleman a gentleman farmer (= one who owns a farm for pleasure, not as his main job) Idioms
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a man/woman who does not have to work
a gentleman/lady/man/woman of leisure (humorous)jump to other results