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gentleman (1 in the 17th c. ‘something more than an ordinary Souldier, hath a little more pay, and doth not stand Centinel’)
1. officer of a company of soldiers 1H4 IV. ii. 26, H5 IV. i. 39.
2. man of gentle birth attached to the household of a person of high rank Tw.N. V. i. 184 “The count's ,” H8 I. ii. 5 “That of Buckingham's” ; transf. 1H4 I. ii. 29 “Diana's foresters, g-men of the shade” ; so gentlewoman Ado II. iii. 234 [223], H8 III. ii. 95, Oth. III. i. 26 “the that attends the general's wife.”
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    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 5.1
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