gentlewoman


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gen·tle·wom·an

 (jĕn′tl-wo͝om′ən)
n.
1. A woman of gentle or noble birth or superior social position.
2. A well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior.
3. A woman acting as a personal attendant to a lady of rank.

gen′tle·wom′an·ly adj.

gentlewoman

(ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən)
n, pl -women
1. archaic a woman regarded as being of good family or breeding; lady
2. rare a woman who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated
3. (Historical Terms) history a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady
ˈgentleˌwomanly adj
ˈgentleˌwomanliness n

gen•tle•wom•an

(ˈdʒɛn tlˌwʊm ən)

n., pl. -wom•en.
1. a woman of good family, breeding, or social position.
2. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered woman; lady.
3. a woman who attends upon a lady of rank.
[1200–50]
gen′tle•wom`an•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gentlewoman - a woman of refinementgentlewoman - a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
grande dame - a middle-aged or elderly woman who is stylish and highly respected
madame - title used for a married Frenchwoman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Translations

gentlewoman

(archaic) [ˈdʒentlˌwʊmən] N (gentlewomen (pl)) (by birth) → dama f, señora f de buena familia

gentlewoman

n pl <-women> (dated)Dame f(von Stand); (at court) → Hofdame f; (Hist, = attendant) → Zofe f
References in classic literature ?
This set the old gentlewoman a-laughing at me, as you may be sure it would.
poor gentlewoman,' said she again, laughing, 'what will that do for thee?
But,' says she, 'that will not keep you and buy you clothes too; and who must buy the little gentlewoman clothes?
Nay,' says she, 'the child may come to be a gentlewoman for aught anybody knows; she has a gentlewoman's hand,' says she.
These are new notions," said the old gentlewoman, shaking her head.
In the case of our old gentlewoman, after the excitement of new effort had subsided, the despondency of her whole life threatened, ever and anon, to return.
She wanted a few pounds of flour, and offered the money, which the decayed gentlewoman silently rejected, and gave the poor soul better measure than if she had taken it.
As a gentlewoman myself," proceeded the landlady--"reduced by family misfortunes to let lodgings, but still a gentlewoman--I feel sincere sympathy with you.
Rebecca was driving, and at once recognized the gentlewoman with agreeable manners, and being a perfectly good-humoured woman, as we have seen, and having a regard for Briggs, she pulled up the ponies at the doorsteps, gave the reins to the groom, and jumping out, had hold of both Briggs's hands, before she of the agreeable manners had recovered from the shock of seeing an old friend.
Briggs cried, and Becky laughed a great deal and kissed the gentlewoman as soon as they got into the passage; and thence into Mrs.
When she found how her friend was situated, and how having a snug legacy from Miss Crawley, salary was no object to our gentlewoman, Becky instantly formed some benevolent little domestic plans concerning her.
You must know, sir, though I am now reduced to get my living by letting lodgings, I was born and bred a gentlewoman.