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 for gentleman
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gannet \Gan"net\, n. [OE. gant, AS. ganet, ganot, a sea fowl, a
     fen duck; akin to D. gent gander, OHG. ganazzo. See Gander,
     Goose.] (Zool.)
     One of several species of sea birds of the genus Sula,
     allied to the pelicans.
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     Note: The common gannet of Europe and America ({Sula
           bassana), is also called solan goose, chandel
           goose, and gentleman. In Florida the wood ibis is
           commonly called gannet.
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     Booby gannet. See Sula.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gentleman \Gen"tle*man\, n.; pl. Gentlemen. [OE. gentilman
     nobleman; gentil noble + man man; cf. F. gentilhomme.]
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     1. A man well born; one of good family; one above the
        condition of a yeoman.
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     2. One of gentle or refined manners; a well-bred man.
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     3. (Her.) One who bears arms, but has no title.
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     4. The servant of a man of rank.
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              The count's gentleman, one Cesario.   --Shak.
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     5. A man, irrespective of condition; -- used esp. in the
        plural (= citizens; people), in addressing men in popular
        assemblies, etc.
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     Note: In Great Britain, the term gentleman is applied in a
           limited sense to those having coats of arms, but who
           are without a title, and, in this sense, gentlemen hold
           a middle rank between the nobility and yeomanry. In a
           more extended sense, it includes every man above the
           rank of yeoman, comprehending the nobility. In the
           United States, the term is applied to men of education
           and good breeding of every occupation.
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     Gentleman commoner, one of the highest class of commoners
        at the University of Oxford.
     Gentleman usher, one who ushers visitors into the presence
        of a sovereign, etc.
     Gentleman usher of the black rod, an usher belonging to the
        Order of the Garter, whose chief duty is to serve as
        official messenger of the House of Lords.
     Gentlemen-at-arms, a band of forty gentlemen who attend the
        sovereign on state occasions; formerly called gentlemen
        pensioners. [Eng.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a man of refinement
      2: a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his
         employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man" [syn: valet,
         valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "gentleman":
     Brahman, Brahmin, acceptable person, archduke, aristocrat, armiger,
     baron, baronet, bloke, blue blood, boy, buck, butler,
     capital fellow, chap, chauffeur, chevalier, coachman, count,
     daimio, diamond, driver, duke, earl, equerry, esquire, faithful,
     fellow, galantuomo, gardener, gee, gem, gent, gentilhomme, gillie,
     good fellow, good lot, good man, good person, good sort,
     good woman, grand duke, grandee, guy, he, hidalgo, him, his,
     hombre, homme, honest man, honest woman, houseboy, houseman, jewel,
     lace-curtain, lady, laird, landgrave, lord, lord-in-waiting,
     lordling, magnate, magnifico, male, male being, male person, man,
     man of honor, manservant, margrave, marquis, masculine, mensch,
     nob, noble, nobleman, optimate, palsgrave, patrician, pearl, peer,
     perfect gentleman, perfect lady, persona grata, prince, real lady,
     real man, right sort, rough diamond, seigneur, seignior,
     silk-stocking, squire, straight shooter, swell, thoroughbred,
     true blue, truepenny, trusty, upper-cruster, valet,
     valet de chambre, viscount, waldgrave, woman of honor, worthy

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GENTLEMAN. In the English law, according to Sir Edward Coke, is one who 
  bears a coat of armor. 2 Inst. 667. In the United States, this word is 
  unknown to the law, but in many places it is applied, by courtesy, to all 
  men. See Poth. Proc. Crim. sect. 1, App. Sec. 3. 

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