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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
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