gentleman etymology

English word gentleman comes from English gentle, English man

Detailed word origin of gentleman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
gentle English (eng) (intransitive) to become gentle. (transitive) To soothe; to calm; to make gentle.. (transitive, animal husbandry) to break; to tame; to domesticate. (transitive, obsolete) to ennoble (archaic) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.. Docile and easily managed.. Gradual rather than steep or sudden.. Polite and respectful rather than rude.. Soft and mild rather than [...]
man English (eng) Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man. (Multicultural London English, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.. (collective) All human males collectively: mankind.. (collective) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.). (historical) [...]
gentleman English (eng) (chiefly, _, historical) A man of gentle but not noble birth, particularly a man of means (originally ownership of property) who does not work for a living but has no official status in a peerage; (UK, _, law) an armiferous man ranking below a knight.. (cricket) An amateur player, particularly one whose wealth permits him to forego payment.. (pejorative) An effeminate or oversophisticated [...]

Words with the same origin as gentleman

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