Definition of gentleman noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    gentleman

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈdʒɛntlmən//
     
    (pl. gentlemen
    NAmE//ˈdʒɛntlmən//
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3 used to address or refer to a male member of a legislature, for example the House of Representatives
  4. 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)
  5. Idioms
    a gentleman/lady/man/woman of leisure(humorous)
     
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    a man/woman who does not have to work
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gentleman