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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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Asked about it, the gentlewoman from Connecticut cheerfully replied, "People can call me whatever they want to call me.
Similarly, Gary Shelford as gentlewoman Maria is cheeky, hilarious and sassy.
During a photoshoot with Alasdair McLellan, she told the Gentlewoman, "I'm controlling my content, controlling my brand and archiving it for my daughter and making sure she has it and she respects it but there's not enough of us that become moguls.
She was a gentlewoman widow in her middle 30s living in London and Middlesex, the guardian of three underaged children, and was occupied with defending her own and her children's interests--especially her eldest son's inheritance.
These events set up a physical clash between shoemakers and gentlemen, who fight to possess her as she stands, dressed as a gentlewoman, between the two groups in scene 18.
We now know that during those years she published more than fifty works of journalism and fiction in a range of authorial modes: risque sensation fiction signed "Edith Eaton" for the Daily Story Company, a syndication service that supplied short fiction to regional newspapers across the United States; Chinatown fiction in Out West, the Chautauquan, and Seattle's Westerner; didactic fiction in conservative children's and women's magazines such as Good Housekeeping, the Housekeeper, Children's Magazine, Gentlewoman, and American Motherhood; more racialized (and racier) fiction in radical magazines such as the Bohemian; and middlebrow (white) women's fiction in People's Magazine and New England Magazine.
It also advises on how to deal with the attentions of raucous men and warns that, "In the North, and more particularly in the vicinity of the large manufacturing towns, they are sometimes extremely objectionable in manners and conversation and so rough that a gentlewoman will feel singularly out of place among them.
Next, Andrew Cambers illustrates how puritan gentlewoman Margaret Hoby's famous diary provides crucial context for how she actively read Mornay's Foure Books, where she left traces of her thoughts in her copy's margins.
Mrs Cotton was the sister of the master's late wife and had taken upon herself the status of a gentlewoman.