Etymology
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gentlewoman (n.)

early 13c., "woman of good family or breeding," from gentle + woman. It seems never to have developed the looser senses in gentleman; Bret Harte tried gentlewomanliness.

updated on February 25, 2015

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Definitions of gentlewoman from WordNet

gentlewoman (n.)
a woman of refinement;
Synonyms: dame / madam / ma'am / lady
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