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Female Term for Gentleman

Question by Franko | 2018-04-20 at 21:52

Is there actually a female counterpart for gentlemen? You could of course create a word like gentlewoman or gentlewomen, but that sounds kind of wrong.

Is there a better term or does the language have no concept for a polite old-school woman?

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The female equivalent for Gentleman is Lady.

That is also the reason for saying „Ladys and Gentleman“.
2018-04-21 at 15:49

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The traditional role of a gentleman is actually male, which is why there is no real equivalent for a female gentleman.

Of course one often speaks of "ladies and gentlemen", but here one does not necessarily mean a lady, with the attentive behavior of a female gentleman but rather a woman who fits like a piece of a jigsaw to the gentleman and behaves accordingly.

A gentleman helps the lady out of her coat or opens the door for the lady. A lady, on the other hand, does not behave like a gentleman and would not open doors for the man or help him out of his clothes.
2018-04-22 at 15:25

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