from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Persons of good family and relatively high station.
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- n. People of superior social position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Persons of gentle or good family and breeding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Persons of good breeding and family: a collective noun, with plural sense, and now generally with plural termination, gentlefolks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. people of good family and breeding and high social status
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These are what she calls gentlefolk's airs, I suppose!
It were a better feeling if the "gentlefolk" would only patronize ornaments of a certain value, or none at all, but I suppose such a stretch of self-denial would be quite beyond the powers of resistance pertaining to human, or rather woman's nature.
In them he tells various fairy tales, of changeling children, and of the "gentlefolk".
"Outside the towns in the West there are few of what _you_ would call gentlefolk," said he, with just the faintest emphasis of good-natured scorn for English prejudice; "nor are there any 'country houses' as you understand the name in England.
"gentlefolk" followed Reynolds 'lantern towards the vicarage, and Mr. Thomas Reid, the conservative and melancholic sexton, put out the lights and locked the church doors, muttering a sour laudation of more primitive times, when "the gentlefolk minded their business."
'gentlefolk' in the book are the merest marionettes, but there are descriptive passages of first-rate vigour, and the voice of wisdom is heard from the lips of an early Greek choregus in the figure of an old parson called Mr. Wyvern.
Camilla Redmond: Like the rest of us, the gentlefolk of Ambridge are finding the depths of winter something of a trial
Apparently the good gentlefolk at the Guadalajara Reporter have concluded there is no crime in the Municipality of Jocotepec: mostly because it's "too far out" for even petty criminals to make the trip.
Basically, more cyberpunk than steampunk, also reminiscent of the George A. Romero's iconic "Dawn of the Dead" - "The stand-off between the gentlefolk adventurers and researchers and an enraged tribe of Mad Max-esque petrolhead barbarians in the ruins of a shopping mall".
I must say the gentlefolk of El Chante are underwhelmed.