Definition of Gent in English:


proper noun

Definition of gent in English:



  • 1A gentleman.

    • ‘Near to me on the train is a portly gent in late middle-age.’
    • ‘He was also a perfect gent in the classic Victorian tradition.’
    • ‘This evening, I sent an email confirming my work experience at the sound studio to the kind gent I'd arranged it with a month or so ago.’
    • ‘He's got the clear blue eyes of a Hollywood movie star, the hulking build of an Oklahoma farm boy and the antiquated charm of the southern gent.’
    • ‘People in the area were startled on another night when a group of ladies were seen chasing a gent with a Welsh accent down Main Street.’
    • ‘Blanche believes her polite and witty new man is the perfect gent - until he tries to chat up Tracy.’
    • ‘One of the main characters was an elderly gent dressed up as a drummer in Napoleon Bonaparte's army.’
    • ‘A few minutes later an elderly gent came through the door, an old beaten hat on his balding head, a flower fresh out of the garden pinned to his jacket.’
    • ‘He's a kindly gent, in his 50's, who finds it easy meeting people.’
    • ‘One customer, an elderly gent took to popping in regularly.’
    • ‘Although he scoffs at the idea he might be a country gent, he is ‘100 per cent’ in favour of fox hunting.’
    • ‘I long ago discovered a series of terrific books by a gent named David Feldman.’
    • ‘An elderly gent stood nearby, index finger extended as he counted them.’
    • ‘Following the meal there will be the cutting of the cake which is traditionally carried out by the eldest gent and eldest lady at the party.’
    • ‘Alan's foremost delusion was that he himself was a gent.’
    • ‘Jack, an Asian gent in his late 50s, seems to own and man at least four different retail outlets on my street.’
    • ‘A panicky gent in casual business attire streaks by him with hands clamped tight over his ears, his mouth an ugly smear of discomfort.’
    • ‘As it is now, you are being punished by your partner for making eyes at a gent at a party.’
    • ‘When the notion of Santa Claus arrived in Britain, the same ladies would dress up as the bearded gent to visit poor homes with a toy for each child.’
    • ‘He's a portly gent with an eye patch and black hair forced across his head in an unforgiving comb-over.’
    individual, person, personage, figure, party, being, human being, fellow, man, woman, mortal, soul, creature
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    1. 1.1British A men's public restroom.
      • ‘I have been told that there are no urinals in the gents.’
      • ‘Anyway, I made my excuses, disappeared to the gents, and relieved myself.’
      • ‘Now a roadie tells him the lads have moved the sign that denotes Gerry's dressing room and placed it over the sign to the gents.’
      • ‘When he went off to the gents, she sneaked a look.’
      • ‘The worst ordeal was having to walk through dimly-lit corridors on my own to go to the gents.’
      • ‘I pop to the Gents in the warehouse and tidy my ponytail, peering dejectedly at my sallow face in the soap-crusted, cracked glass.’
      • ‘While Ted's forcing down a victory pint the rest of us dash to the gents, noticing as we do that the sun appears to be up and that it's about an hour till work time.’
      • ‘So revolted was I by this crime against the culinary arts, I immediately dashed to the gents
      • ‘A trip to the Ladies and the Gents also involves a walk up steps - which, as well as making the toilets difficult to service, also means there is no disabled access.’
      • ‘He sprang up again and asked if, before new offices are occupied, they should have combs and hair brushes installed for members no longer able to find them in the gents.’
      • ‘At the top of the stairs are three doors: Gents, Ladies, and a dim, empty function room the pub hires out for private parties.’
      • ‘Only when another guest asks the way to the gents do I tell my story.’
      • ‘A man out with his baby usually has to change the baby on his lap, because the only alternative is taking her into the repulsive gents.’
      • ‘I remember wandering in Union Square in San Francisco and asking a police officer where the gents was.’
      • ‘After several expressions of concern from (mostly female) colleagues he examined his appearance in the gents at work.’


Mid 16th century: originally a standard written abbreviation; a colloquial usage since the early 19th century.