- Obs. rank resulting from birth; esp., high rank
- people of high social standing; esp., in Great Britain, the class of landowning people ranking just below the nobility
- people of a particular class or group: the newspaper gentry
Origin of gentryMiddle English genterie, noble or high birth; probably taken as singular of genterise, gentility of birth from OFr, variant, variety of gentilise from gentil: see gentle
- People of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position.
- a. An upper or ruling class.b. The class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility.
- People of a particular class or group: another commuter from the suburban gentry.
Origin of gentryMiddle English gentri nobility of birth from Old French genterie variant of genterise, gentilise from gentil noble ; see gentle .
From Old French genterise