gen·​trice ˈjen-trəs How to pronounce gentrice (audio)
: gentility of birth : rank

Word History


Middle English gentrise, borrowed from Anglo-French genterise, alteration (by l/r exchange) of gentelise, from gentil gentle entry 1 + -ise, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to Latin -itia)

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentrice was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gentrice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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