gentilesse

noun
gen·​ti·​lesse | \ ˌjen-tə-ˈles How to pronounce gentilesse (audio) \

Definition of gentilesse

: decorum of conduct befitting a member of the gentry

First Known Use of gentilesse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentilesse

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

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“Gentilesse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentilesse. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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