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gen•tle•wom•an  ( jentl wŏŏm′ən),USA pronunciation 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.
  4. Governmenta female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives:The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.
gentle•wom′an•ly, adj. 
  • 1200–50; Middle English; see gentle, woman


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gentlewoman /ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən/ n ( pl -women)
  1. archaic a woman regarded as being of good family or breeding; lady
  2. a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady



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