GENTLEWOMAN, n. The female of the genus Gentleman. The word is obsolete, gentlewomen, for no fault of their own, being now known as "ladies."
The wretch who first called gentlewomen ladies,Being first duly hanged, arrived at HadesWhere, welcomed by the devils to their den,He bowed and said "Good morning-gentlemen."
2008 Update: A woman with sophistication enough to reassure a man with none.
"My chin is bare, my hair is dressed!I'm reduced to a young girl, no less!Is the bearded lady on the midway,A gentlewoman would you say?"