American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. People of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position.
- n. An upper or ruling class.
- n. The class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility.
- n. People of a particular class or group: another commuter from the suburban gentry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Noble birth or lineage; gentility.
- n. Family; gens.
- n. Gentle breeding or manners; courtesy; civility.
- n. A gentle or noble quality or action; a gentlemanly characteristic.
- n. The class of well-born and well-bred people; people of good position; in England, the class of people of means or leisure below the rank of the nobility, sometimes called the upper middle class.
- n. Persons of a particular class: usually applied in ironical civility to persons of an inferior sort.
- n. Birth; condition; rank by birth.
- n. Courtesy; civility; complaisance.
- n. People of education and good breeding.
- n. UK In a restricted sense, those people between the nobility and the yeomanry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Birth; condition; rank by birth.
- n. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry.
- n. obsolete Courtesy; civility; complaisance.
- n. the most powerful members of a society
- Middle English gentri, nobility of birth, from Old French genterie, variant of genterise, gentilise, from gentil, noble; see gentle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“(pray bear that in mind, gentle reader), gentry by birth, and incontestably so by my father's bearing the commission of good old George the Third, we were not _fine gentry_, but people who could put up with as much as any genteel Scotch family who find it convenient to live on a third floor in London, or on a sixth at Edinburgh or Glasgow.”
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“Congress, the relatives of his wife, the titled gentry of Europe were treated with marked and lavish attention.”
“Literature to most of the titled gentry is a blank, my lord -- it is so now and always has been so.”
“But the admiration for monarchical institutions on the English model, for privileged classes, and for a landed aristocracy and gentry, is undisguised and apparently genuine.”
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