Gentility meaning

jĕn-tĭl'ĭ-tē
The quality of being well-mannered; refinement.
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The condition of being born to the gentry.
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Persons of high social standing considered as a group.
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An attempt to convey or maintain the appearance of refinement and elegance.
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The quality of being genteel; now, specif., excessive or affected refinement and elegance.
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(uncountable) The state of being elegant, genteel, having good breeding, or being socially superior.
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The upper classes, the gentry.
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Origin of gentility

  • Middle English gentilete nobility of birth from Old French from Latin gentīlitās from gentīlis of the same clan gentle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French gentilité
    From Wiktionary