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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gentilwoman, modelled after gentilman (gentleman), equivalent to gentle +‎ woman.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntəlˌwʊmən/

NounEdit

gentlewoman (plural gentlewomen)

  1. (historical) A woman of the nobility.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Macbeth:
      Gentlewoman: Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon...

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