noun, plural gen·tle·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. a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine.

noun plural -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. history a woman in personal attendance on a high-ranking lady

early 13c., from gentle + woman.

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