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noun [countable] gentleman pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒent(ə)lmən/ 
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  1. 2
    formal used for referring to a man whose name you do not know

    Please could you call a taxi for this gentleman?

    1. a.


      [plural] used for speaking to men in a group or audience

      Gentlemen, shall we begin?

      Welcome, ladies and gentlemen.

    2. b.


      [plural] used for speaking about men in a group

      There were flowers for the ladies and cigars for the gentlemen.

  2. 3
    an old word for a man from a family in a high social class

    Christian came from a long line of English country gentlemen.


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