Gentry Definition

jĕntrē
gentries
noun
gentries
Rank resulting from birth; esp., high rank.
Webster's New World
People of high social standing; esp., in Great Britain, the class of landowning people ranking just below the nobility.
Webster's New World
An upper or ruling class.
American Heritage
The class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility.
American Heritage
People of a particular class or group.
The newspaper gentry.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Gentry

Noun

Singular:
gentry
Plural:
gentries

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

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