Gentleman, in English history, a man entitled to bear arms but not included in the nobility. In its original and strict sense the term denoted a man of good family, deriving from the Latin word gentilis and invariably translated in English-Latin documents as generosus.
What was a gentleman in the 1800s?
Originally, the gentleman was the man of noble birth with his pure gens, but also the Church of England clergymen, members of Parliament and army officers. These qualities embodied a chivalric ideal, whereby men of high rank justified their superiority by their gracious and courteous bearing.
What does it mean to be a gentleman in England?
A gentleman (Old French: gentilz hom, gentle + man) is any man of good and courteous conduct. Therefore, the English social category of gentleman corresponds to the French gentilhomme (nobleman), which in Great Britain meant a member of the peerage of England.
What makes one a gentleman?
A gentleman possesses a strong work ethic. He takes great pride in his work and strives to give his very best every day. He is reliable, dedicated, self-disciplined, humble, and a team player. He leads and is led well.