from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gentle birth; character or manners of a person of gentle birth; courtesy; complaisance; delicacy.


  • An, then, thou say that I have committed myself with a man of mean condition, thou sayst not sooth; but shouldst thou say with a poor man, it might peradventure be conceded thee, to thy shame who hast so ill known to put a servant of thine and a man of worth in good case; yet poverty bereaveth not any of gentilesse; nay, rather, wealth it is that doth this.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Thou hast drawn all the thread out of my shift with thy gentilesse; thou hast tickled my heart with thy rebeck.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • There‚Äôs something nice about that old-fashioned gentilesse of a hostess seating her guests, whether with place cards or by simply directing everyone to their seats.

    The Swell Dressed Party


The word 'gentilesse' comes from an Old French word meaning 'noble'.