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

Examples of gentlefolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Franken even delivered a handwritten note because that’s what gentlefolk of the Senate do. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 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

circa 1556, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gentlefolk was circa 1556

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“Gentlefolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of gentlefolk

: gentry


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