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gentleman

noun [C] uk   /ˈdʒen.tl̩.mən/ us    /-t̬l̩-/ ( plural -men   /-mən/   )
B2 a polite way of talking to or referring to a man: Ladies and gentlemen, the show is about to begin. Excuse me, this gentleman has a question for you. approving a man who is polite and behaves well towards other people, especially women: He was a perfect gentleman. Not holding a door for a lady? You're no gentleman, are you? a man of a high social class: a gentlemen's club
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