14th century, in the meaning defined above
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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