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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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Come in, gentlemen, come in," called D'Artagnan; "you are here in my apartment, and we are all faithful servants of the king and cardinal.
Then, gentlemen, you will not oppose our executing the orders we have received?
At this instant the sergeant, who had been for his orders, returned, and pointing to the three gentlemen in cloaks, said:
The passports are in order; let these three gentlemen pass.
And I, gentlemen, declare to you that I will not reply until I am in the presence of the general.
Beware, gentlemen, it is not to me you are now giving the lie, it is to your leader.
French gentlemen and Christians, pray to God for the soul and the reason of the son of your old rulers
A white smoke floated like a plume from the mouth of the musket, and a ball was flattened against a stone within six inches of the two gentlemen.
The gentlemen looked at each other and agreed that there was no help for it but to hurry the supper, and walk to the railway station--a distance of between five and six miles--in time to catch the last train.
A flash of lightning startled the gentlemen when they went to the window to look out: the thunderstorm began.
Joe, make room for one of these gentlemen on the box.
I wonder,' thought the boy, 'if one of these gentlemen knew there was nothing in the cupboard at home, whether he'd stop on purpose, and make believe that he wanted to call somewhere, that I might earn a trifle?