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gentlemannoun [C]

uk   /ˈdʒen.tl̩.mən/  us   /-t̬l̩-/ (plural -men uk   /-mən/ us   )
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 ​socialclass: a gentlemen's ​club

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(Definition of gentleman from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gentlemannoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʒen·təl·mən/ (plural -men  /ˈdʒen·təl·mən/ )
a man who is ​polite and ​behaves well toward other ​people: a ​perfect gentleman Gentleman is often used as a ​polite way of referring to any man: This gentleman has a ​question. Ladies and gentlemen, may I have ​yourattention. infml In ​speech, a gentleman often ​meanssimply a man: The gentleman ​involved had a ​longhistory of this ​type of ​offense.
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