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Brit History a man of gentle birth, who was entitled to bear arms, ranking above a yeoman in social position



(Russian, dzhentl’men). (1) A man of “well-born” origins, a nobleman. This usage is now considered obsolete.

(2) In Great Britain and other English-speaking countries, a man who strictly adheres to the bourgeois “society” rules of behavior and observes so-called good form.

(3) A polite form of address to men in English-speaking countries. In the figurative sense a gentleman is a man who has been well brought up.

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And behaved altogether in such a thoroughly gentlemanly fashion that Maud stayed awake half the night, crying.
So particular as you are, my dear, I wonder you are not glad to have such a gentlemanly young man for a brother.
I think that he is one of the most gentlemanly, modest, manly young men that I have ever known.
A pretty idea she must have of him, a girl that was too high-toned to have anything to do with a good-looking, gentlemanly fellow like Morrison.
If he could have saved his seven shillings, he would certainly have sent me to scramble for a place in the pit of the great university theater; but his purse was empty, and his son was not eligible therefore for admission, in a gentlemanly capacity, at the doors.
There are lots of people who are not as friendly and gentlemanly as Paddy was, and he was a great mouser.
He is gentlemanly, very gentlemanly--in appearance.
Lawrence that she had at least one brother more gentlemanly and refined than Robert.
The merry top-riders had been assigned to their seats by the gentlemanly conductor.
He was of middle height and well built, with a general bearing elegant and gentlemanly.
A man so gentlemanly should have been-- but Fortune is capricious--born a Duke: just as some dukes should have been born labourers.
Yet there were two or three small airless houses at the entrance end of Mews Street, which went at enormous rents on account of their being abject hangers-on to a fashionable situation; and whenever one of these fearful little coops was to be let (which seldom happened, for they were in great request), the house agent advertised it as a gentlemanly residence in the most aristocratic part of town, inhabited solely by the elite of the beau monde.