Definition of country gentleman in US English:

country gentleman


  • A rich man of good social standing who owns and lives in a large rural property.

    • ‘Elizabeth Bennet is a country gentleman's daughter in 19th Century England.’
    • ‘‘We've become country gentlemen,’ laughs the dancer.’
    • ‘Can we look in the window of the country gentleman and ladies?’
    • ‘Most wealthy young gentlemen were too busy trying to find a young lady of suitable wealth and position to bother with the daughters of country gentlemen.’
    • ‘Rochester is a swarthy, middle-aged, rich country gentleman, with a wife locked up in a secret chamber in his house.’
    • ‘Contrary to the quiet country gentleman image most wine producers like to project, those from the most famous wine making districts are usually savvy and experienced business people.’
    • ‘As a conciliator, his capacity for ascertaining and implementing the views of the typical country gentleman was outstanding.’
    • ‘He is a country gentleman, and I think that's worked out to be a positive.’
    • ‘When these lot turn up in their plus fours, they out-country-gent the country gentlemen.’
    • ‘A small act of defiance against an allegedly urban-dominated parliament's desire to consign the country gentleman's ‘sport’ of fox-hunting to history.’
    • ‘He had a British rival, Thomas Young, who was a country gentleman, a man of many parts, a Renaissance man; who wasn't this obsessed fanatic: a scholar.’
    • ‘His studies were interrupted by the Civil War so that throughout the 1650s and 1660s he lived as a country gentleman in Wiltshire.’
    • ‘Contrary to my expectations, he was every inch the country gentleman, a charming and solicitous host.’
    • ‘He then lived as a country gentleman, hunting and playing cricket while also publishing small volumes of poetry, often privately.’
    • ‘He was from a Scottish landowning family, and after serving in the Peninsular War he returned to Britain to the life of a country gentleman.’
    • ‘Tonight I ought to go out as a British country gentleman and find companions wholly unsuitable to my station.’
    • ‘Somehow, though, he found his voice and his nerve, and bowed to her like the country gentleman he once was.’
    • ‘On the other hand, professional men, merchants, and town governors became bolder in asserting that they were as good as the country gentleman and were entitled to his title of respect.’
    landowner, landholder, landlord, lord of the manor
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country gentleman

/ˈkəntrē ˈjen(t)lmən/