(g soft). A translation of the French gentilhomme,
one who belongs to the gens or stock. According to the Roman
law, gens-men, or gentlemen, were those only who had a family name,
were born of free parents, had no slave in their ancestral line, and
had never been degraded to a lower rank.
A gentleman of the four outs.
A vulgar upstart, with—out manners, with—out wit,
with—out money, and with—out credit.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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