Gentry meaning

jĕntrē
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Courtesy; civility; complaisance.
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People of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position.
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People of a particular class or group.

Another commuter from the suburban gentry.

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Rank resulting from birth; esp., high rank.
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People of high social standing; esp., in Great Britain, the class of landowning people ranking just below the nobility.
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People of a particular class or group.

The newspaper gentry.

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Birth; condition; rank by birth.
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People of education and good breeding.
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(UK) In a restricted sense, those people between the nobility and the yeomanry.
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Origin of gentry

  • Middle English gentri nobility of birth from Old French genterie variant of genterise, gentilise from gentil noble gentle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French genterise

    From Wiktionary