When we use the term gentleman nowadays what do we really mean?
Well, most people using the word are probably thinking of the 19th century concept of the Victorian gentleman. Seeing as not even the Victorians were really sure what constituted a gentleman and what didn't, we cannot really be blamed for not being certain ourselves.
There are various views on the definition of the gentleman. Below are the relevant links:
- The Victorian Gentleman http://www.victorianweb.org/history/Gentleman.html
- Newman's Gentleman http://www.his.com/~z/gentleman.html
- Uses of the word and etymology http://www.searchword.org/ge/gentleman.html
I leave you to decide...