from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of being well-mannered; refinement.
- n. The condition of being born to the gentry.
- n. Persons of high social standing considered as a group.
- n. An attempt to convey or maintain the appearance of refinement and elegance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being elegant, genteel, having good breeding, or being socially superior.
- n. The upper classes, the gentry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Good extraction; dignity of birth.
- n. The quality or qualities appropriate to those who are well born, as self-respect, dignity, courage, courtesy, politeness of manner, a graceful and easy mien and behavior, etc.; good breeding.
- n. The class in society who are, or are expected to be, genteel; the gentry.
- n. Paganism; heathenism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of belonging to a certain gens, clan, or family; gentile relationship or stock.
- n. Noble or gentle birth.
- n. People of good birth; gentry.
- n. Gentile character; paganism; heathenism.
- n. The quality or state of being genteel; condition, appearance, or manner characteristic of polite society; genteel behavior; fashionableness; stylishness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
Middle English gentilete, nobility of birth, from Old French, from Latin gentīlitās, from gentīlis, of the same clan; see gentle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)