from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic Refinement and courtesy resulting from good breeding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Gentleness; courtesy; kindness; nobility.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gentle birth; character or manners of a person of gentle birth; courtesy; complaisance; delicacy.
Middle English, from Old French, from gentil, noble; see gentle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)