• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gentlewomanly like a refined and well-bred woman
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In literature:

And so while the maid drew her own skirts aside and held her nose high in the air, the gentlewoman stood faintly smiling at the queer scene.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
His smacking of a gentlewoman is somewhat too savory, and he mistakes her nose for her lips.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
But no sooner did the Gentlewoman within set eyes on his Lordship's face than she fainted away.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Not only in her own person did this dainty gentlewoman carry out her theory, but she looked for it in the persons of her visitors.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
Not many years ago no really refined gentlewoman would have worn pinchbeck.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
Frances Greville, a young gentlewoman, a cousin of the Tracys, was married by 1621 to young Nathaniel West, son of Lord De La Warr.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out of christian burial.
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
The only comfort I have was that it happened on Easter Sunday," said the poor gentlewoman, incoherently; "and oh!
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Carbetia Hall, of Shere, gentlewoman.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Know you a pretty, demure, waiting-gentlewoman, called Barbara?
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
Calm is one of the first attributes of a gentlewoman.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The gentlewoman who fetched the wine told this to a bishop, who did inform me.
"Notes and Queries, Number 236, May 6, 1854" by Various
Arina Vlasyevna was a genuine Russian gentlewoman of the olden times; she ought to have lived two centuries before, in the old Moscow days.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Come, drink your ale, and go home to the young gentlewoman.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
But she is really quite the gentlewoman.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
A gentlewoman in that parish, having lain for some days in a trance, was at length laid out and buried for dead, with a gold ring on her finger.
"Apparitions; or, The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses Developed" by Joseph Taylor
At that desk she had sat, slender figure of the gentlewoman of a time older than her own.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
There is a not mild maternal tigress caged somewhere inside of the gentlewoman.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
And have ye the young gentlewoman there?
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nan went directly to her, and stood looking in the old gentlewoman's eyes.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris

In poetry:

Ma. The ten Sybils were no more comparable to thee,
Than an old Gentlewoman is to a yong Chambermaid.
Sweet Poneria, I am even in love with thee:
Yea, I durst almost sweare I should kisse thee,
If thou had'st but three rotten teeth in thy head.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet

In news:

If a Spanish blackwork, Florentine, or Algerian-eye stitched piece caught a gentlewoman's fancy, she might quickly work small squares of it onto long, narrow bands of linen, to be saved for future reference.