gent

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dʒɛnt/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology 1[edit]

Short for gentleman.

Noun[edit]

gent (plural gents)

  1. (colloquial) A gentleman.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French gent, ultimately from Latin genitum (born).

Adjective[edit]

gent (comparative more gent, superlative most gent)

  1. (obsolete) Noble; well-bred, courteous; graceful.
  2. (obsolete) neat; pretty; elegant

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

gent (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, colloquial) Short for gentamicin.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Occitan [Term?], from Latin gentem, accusative of gēns, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁tis.

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Noun[edit]

gent f (uncountable)

  1. people, folk

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French gent, from Latin gens, gentem. Cf. gens.

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Noun[edit]

gent f (plural gents or gens)

  1. (obsolete) people, nation
  2. (obsolete) tribe
  3. company, those who are in accompaniment

Adjective[edit]

gent (feminine singular gente, masculine plural gents, feminine plural gentes)

  1. (obsolete or humorous) nice, pleasant, or noble, speaking of a person or thing

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier Ganda; if from Celtic, possibly from Proto-Celtic *kom-dati (confluence), from Proto-Indo-European *kom-dʰh₁-ti- (confluence), equivalent to *ḱóm + *dʰeh₁- (similar to the town Condivincum); or related to the Celtic goddess Gontia.[1] The name could otherwise be of non-Indo-European origin.[2]

Noun[edit]

gent ?

  1. Ghent (a city in modern Belgium)

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: Gent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Room, Adrian, Place Names of the World, 2nd ed., McFarland & Co., 2006, p. 144
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “Ghent”, in Online Etymology Dictionary

Further reading[edit]

  • ghent”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000

Old French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (early) IPA(key): /ˈdʒent/
  • (by 13th century) IPA(key): /ˈdʒant/
  • (Late Old French) IPA(key): /ˈʒant/
  • Rhymes: -ant

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin gentem, accusative singular of gēns. The nominative singular descends from a regularized form: oblique stem gent- and 3rd declension nominative -is.

Noun[edit]

gent f (oblique plural genz or gentz, nominative singular gent, nominative plural genz or gentz)

  1. people, population
    la Franceise gent - the French people
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin genitus (begotten), perfect passive participle of gignō.

Adjective[edit]

gent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular gente)

  1. fair, beautiful, handsome
  2. brave and beautiful
  3. polite
    Synonym: gentil
Usage notes[edit]

The Dictionnaire Étymologique de l'Ancien Français points out the difficulty of translating this word into modern languages. The adjective describes an ideal person in a given context: brave warriors in chansons de geste, loyal good men in tales of courtly love, polite people in all occasions, who are always handsome or beautiful. It also notes the meaning 'well-born, aristocratic', mentioned in some dictionaries of Old French, is extremely rarely attested.

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Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gent

  1. absolute indefinite neuter form of gen.

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Noun[edit]

gent

  1. Alternative form of geint