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'''Gentle''' is a gender neutral term to refer to either a gentleman or a gentlewoman; that is to say, one of gentle birth, not of noble birth but neither of common birth.
 
'''Gentle''' is a gender neutral term to refer to either a gentleman or a gentlewoman; that is to say, one of gentle birth, not of noble birth but neither of common birth.
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This is almost certainly a modern backformation, since the idea of gender neutral language is not a particularly medieval one.

Revision as of 05:05, 19 September 2006

Gentle is a gender neutral term to refer to either a gentleman or a gentlewoman; that is to say, one of gentle birth, not of noble birth but neither of common birth.

This is almost certainly a modern backformation, since the idea of gender neutral language is not a particularly medieval one.