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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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I was frighted out of my wits almost, and knew not what to do, for I was, as it were, turned out of doors to the wide world, and that which was still worse, the old honest woman had two-and- twenty shillings of mine in her hand, which was all the estate the little gentlewoman had in the world; and when I asked the daughter for it, she huffed me and laughed at me, and told me she had nothing to do with it.
Now was I a poor gentlewoman indeed, and I was just that very night to be turned into the wide world; for the daughter removed all the goods, and I had not so much as a lodging to go to, or a bit of bread to eat.
I was no sooner carried away, as I have said, by this good gentlewoman, but the first lady, that is to say, the Mayoress that was, sent her two daughters to take care of me; and another family which had taken notice of me when I was the little gentlewoman, and had given me work to do, sent for me after her, so that I was mightily made of, as we say; nay, and they were not a little angry, especially madam the Mayoress, that her friend had taken me away from her, as she called it; for, as she said, I was hers by right, she having been the first that took any notice of me.
By this means I had, as I have said above, all the advantages of education that I could have had if I had been as much a gentlewoman as they were with whom I lived; and in some things I had the advantage of my ladies, though they were my superiors; but they were all the gifts of nature, and which all their fortunes could not furnish.
A beloved gentlewoman or lady-in-waiting in the court of Empress Teishi (Sadako), Shonagon lived during the Heian period (794-1186) in Japan, and writes extensively about this time when the cultural effects of Chinese contact in the court were still evident (McKinney 2006a, x; Shirane 2007, 247).
USING his native Welsh accent, Trystan Gravelle co-stars in this thrilling Jacobean revenge tragedy making a perfect foil for Hattie Morahan as an innocent gentlewoman turned demonic by love.
Music, sports, and religion were simple necessities, the normal life of every student in school, and an important part of being educated as a complete human being, a gentleman or gentlewoman.
Tracey Emin is similarly taken with the country gentlewoman look.
Separated from her mother at birth and raised by gypsies, she escaped from a life on the road because she fancied a future as a gentlewoman.
SESSIONS: At the very top, Madam Speaker, I would like to ask unanimous consent to the gentlewoman from California [Matsui] if we could extend the time of debate.
Elton, like Emma, eagerly asserts her status as an adult gentlewoman by doing as conduct literature recommends and singling out an object of care; fulfilling her duty to ameliorate "the condition of women, respectably born .