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gentry

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noun gen·try \ˈjen-trē\

Definition of gentry

plural gentries

  1. 1 a obsolete :  the qualities appropriate to a person of gentle birth; especially :  courtesy b :  the condition or rank of a gentleman

  2. 2 a :  upper or ruling class :  aristocracy b :  a class whose members are entitled to bear a coat of arms though not of noble rank; especially :  the landed proprietors having such status

  3. 3 :  people of a specified class or kind :  folks <no real heroes or heroines among the academic gentry — R. G. Hanvey>



Examples of gentry

  1. <poor tenant farmers working for landed gentry>

  2. <the old-line yachting gentry frowns on vulgar displays of wealth>



Origin of gentry

Middle English gentrie, alteration of gentrise


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with gentry




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