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 ?
Never forgetting that by birth she was a gentlewoman, she cultivated her aristocratic tastes and feelings, so that when the opportunity came she might be ready to take the place from which poverty now excluded her.
Nor was she entitled to complain of any remarkable singularity in her fate; for, in the town of her nativity, we might point to several little shops of a similar description, some of them in houses as ancient as that of the Seven Gables; and one or two, it may be, where a decayed gentlewoman stands behind the counter, as grim an image of family pride as Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon herself.
Laughing so shrilly that all the market-place could hear her, the weird old gentlewoman took her departure.
Choose properly, choose a gentlewoman for MY sake; and for your OWN, let her be an active, useful sort of person, not brought up high, but able to make a small income go a good way.
She was taught most that is suitable for a gentlewoman, without being crammed with superfluous accomplishments, and, aided by the good cure, a man who remembered her grandfather, had both polished and stored her mind.
The old countess, waiting for the return of her husband and son, sat playing patience with the old gentlewoman who lived in their house.
You may not be aware, sir, that in receiving my niece under her roof her Ladyship was receiving a gentlewoman by birth as well as by education.
As a gentlewoman myself," proceeded the landlady--"reduced by family misfortunes to let lodgings, but still a gentlewoman--I feel sincere sympathy with you.
Perhaps, as Molly says, it may be in the kitchen; and truly I don't care my daughter should be a scullion wench; for, poor as I am, I am a gentlewoman.
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.
This set the old gentlewoman a-laughing at me, as you may be sure it would.