from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of gens.

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  • n. Plural form of gens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of gens.


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  • As the gentes were subdivisions of the three ancient tribes, the _populus_ alone had _gentes_, so that to be a patrician and to have a gens were synonymous.

    The Old Roman World, : the Grandeur and Failure of Its Civilization.

  • Professor R.J. Tarrant points out, the only meaning that can be attached to _quasque alias gentes barbarus Hister habet_ is 'the other people that live in the Danube'; he compares _Her_ VI 135-36 'prodidit illa patrem; rapui de clade Thoanta./deseruit Colchos; me mea Lemnos habet' and _Aen_ VI 362 (Palinurus speaking) 'nunc me fluctus habet'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • A particularly fine example of the use Ovid makes of differing levels of diction is found at 35-38: excitat auditor studium, laudataque uirtus crescit, et immensum gloria calcar habet. hic mea cui recitem nisi flauis scripta Corallis, quasque alias gentes barbarus Hister obit?

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Ac volentes super his congruis remediis providere, prasdictos Indos et omnes alias gentes ad notitiam Christianorum imposterum deventuras, licet extra Fidem Christi existant sua libertate àc rerum suarum dominio privatos, seù privandos non esse.

    Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings

  • It is a common practice of the Senecas to call the gentes of their own phratry brother gentes and those of the other phratry their cousin gentes, when they mention them in their relation to the phratries.

    Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines

  • 'hic mea cui recitem nisi flauis scripta Corallis,/quasque alias gentes barbarus Hister obit?'.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • To speak from personal experience, it's much more common to hear the average Mexican, with a 6th grade education or less, say son buenas gentes when talking about a group of people he just met, (most) all of whom he thinks are nice people.

    ..gente buena

  • Son buenas gentes if it's two or more people. 5. f.

    ..gente buena

  • It's odd because I've never come across 'son buenas gentes' before - and it never occurred to me that the plural existed in this form!

    ..gente buena

  • Now that doesn't say you won't possibly hear Son buenas gentes.

    ..gente buena


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