gentilesse

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noun gen·ti·lesse \ˌjen-tə-ˈles\

Definition of gentilesse

  1. :  decorum of conduct befitting a member of the gentry

Origin and Etymology of gentilesse

Middle English, “aristocratic birth, ideal characteristics of the wellborn,” borrowed from Anglo-French, from gentil 1gentle + -esse, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to Latin -itia)


First Known Use: 14th century

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