Definition of gentlewoman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjen(t)lˌwo͝omən/ /ˈdʒɛn(t)lˌwʊmən/


  • A woman of high social standing.

    ‘When she was informed of his identity, she countered that she was a gentlewoman of some birth herself, and introduced herself as Mlle. d' Aubigny, dite La Maupin.’
    • ‘Her father had invited a couple hundred noblemen and gentlewomen to attend this grand feast, for that was where Sir Questing would propose to Desiree.’
    • ‘Erasmus wrote many epistels to her, and dedicated his commentaries on certaine hymnes of Prudentius to this gentlewomen, and calleth her the flower of all learned matrones of England.’
    • ‘Ordinary gentlewomen, daughters not of lords, but of local knights and squires, showed moreover the same sort of awareness of the dignity of their blood and arms as did great ladies like Dervorguilla of Galloway.’
    • ‘An adolescent girl being prepared for her role as a gentlewoman, Elizabeth would have been provided with a well-furnished room and fine bed.’
    • ‘At the French court, the Princess Catherine is learning English from her gentlewoman Alice, finding the English words ‘foot’ and ‘gown’ shockingly immodest.’
    • ‘After a moment, Olivia lowered her cup, looking the epitome of the composed gentlewoman, and said, ‘Oh, Elizabeth, I'm certain that isn't true.’’
    • ‘The gentlewoman of the period is acknowledged to be active in the household and estate management, public affairs and even government.’
    • ‘Though charming and pleasant, she was too ill-tempered to be a perfect gentlewoman.’
    • ‘The skill of some of these amateurs is hardly surprising in view of the attention paid to drawing, painting, and other artistic pursuits in a gentlewoman's education.’
    • ‘As subsequent events make clear, a well-dressed gentlewoman, walking the winter roads of outer London, is a sight that sticks in observers' minds.’
    • ‘Her small hands bore no calluses, and there were no visible scars on her person; she was obviously a gentlewoman.’
    • ‘The spirit she brought to the ship surprised him, for a gentlewoman.’
    • ‘She is a Protestant gentlewoman and a Fenian, more renowned for her high society literary salon than her Republican poetry.’
    • ‘A mere gentlewoman would be the wife or daughter of one of the gentry.’
    • ‘His wife was an even-tempered gentlewoman from a respectable British family.’
    • ‘She was another Catholic gentlewoman of the 17th century, who spent her entire fortune making vestments of silk, gold and pearls, to the rage and despair of her relatives.’
    • ‘Caroline died at Matta House on 10 July 1874, to be remembered as a clever, courageous, kind and courteous gentlewoman.’
    • ‘She looked confused, a true gentleman, or gentlewoman in my case would never look a servant in the eye.’
    • ‘She had never met a Norman gentleman or gentlewoman, only traders on market or fair days.’
    lady, adult female, female