plural noun
gen·​tle·​folk | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌfōk How to pronounce gentlefolk (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gentlefolks \ ˈjen-​tᵊl-​ˌfōks How to pronounce gentlefolk (audio) \

Definition of gentlefolk

: persons of gentle or good family and breeding

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Recent Examples on the Web For the most part, however, the contract is implicit, because the gentlefolk of Singapore know to mind their own business, while the authorities settle an intoxicating bliss on the clean, green city-state. The Economist, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gentlefolk

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gentlefolk was in 1594

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24 Apr 2021

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“Gentlefolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gentlefolk

old-fashioned : people who have high social status


noun plural
gen·​tle·​folk | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-ˌfōk How to pronounce gentlefolk (audio) \

Kids Definition of gentlefolk

: gentry

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