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A gentleman of refined manners and tastes; specifically a fashionable man who is distinguished by elegance and correctness in dress and manners. In later use often ironic or depreciative.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Stevenson (d. 1575). From fine + gentleman.
fine gentleman/ˌfʌɪn ˈdʒɛntlmən/
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