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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 ?
There is a knight in this country that owneth this white shield, and he is a passing good man of his hands, but he hateth all ladies and gentlewomen, and therefore we do all this despite to the shield.
said Teresa when she heard the letter; "that I may be buried with ladies of that sort, and not the gentlewomen we have in this town, that fancy because they are gentlewomen the wind must not touch them, and go to church with as much airs as if they were queens, no less, and seem to think they are disgraced if they look at a farmer's wife
Honeychurch, "is to have nothing to do with Lucy and her decayed gentlewomen at all.
Near midday, as they were approaching the Thames near the environs of London, they saw a great concourse of people hooting and jeering at a small party of gentlemen and gentlewomen.
Terrified as they were by this sudden torrent of words, the two gentlewomen could not but smile at the sight of the fiery, domineering victim and the big apologetic representative of mankind who sat meekly bearing all the sins of his sex.
My mother and my sisters are highly bred women (you know them); gentlewomen, in the best sense of the word.
However, I did come away, and lived almost a year more with my honest old woman, and began now to be very helpful to her; for I was almost fourteen years old, was tall of my age, and looked a little womanish; but I had such a taste of genteel living at the lady's house that I was not so easy in my old quarters as I used to be, and I thought it was fine to be a gentlewoman indeed, for I had quite other notions of a gentlewoman now than I had before; and as I thought, I say, that it was fine to be a gentlewoman, so I loved to be among gentlewomen, and therefore I longed to be there again.
6) We see a similar attempt at individuality in The Pillow Book, when the Empress asks Shonagon and her fellow gentlewomen to produce an ancient poem.
With it being the 19th century there were, of course, no gentlewomen allowed however, these "gentlemen" preferred the company of one particular type of lady - ladies of the night.
The gentlewomen of the Garden District would do the china painting.
OpleIT is assumed that diplomats behave like perfect gentlemen and gentlewomen, using wit and humor to make their guests feel at home, and comporting themselves with grace and dignity at all times.
Similarly, Makin's An Essay to Revive the Ancient Education of Gentlewomen is a less familiar text than Mary Astell's A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, but both, in the editors' terms, employ "the discourse of the Fall to comment on women's acquisition of knowledge" (137nl).