Definition of gentry
2a : upper or ruling class : aristocracyb : a class whose members are entitled to bear a coat of arms though not of noble rank; especially : wealthy landowners having such status
3 : people of a specified class or kind : folks no real heroes or heroines among the academic gentry — R. G. Hanvey
Examples of gentry in a Sentence
poor tenant farmers working for landed gentry
the old-line yachting gentry frowns on vulgar displays of wealth
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Milosz was born on June 30, 1911, in Szetejnie, Lithuania, on the impoverished estate of his mother’s family, who were minor Polish gentry.
From the 15th to at least the 19th century, only the gentry could afford separate bedrooms, while peasants bedded down with entire families and even livestock.
All along the route they were surrounded by peasants who stared in wonder at Liang and Lin, unable to conceive of Chinese gentry taking an interest in their rural world.
Beautiful parks were the preserve of the gentry and Olmstead recognized that there was a class injustice with regard to access to beautiful spaces.
GoPro may be going bust, while Jawbone, Nest and other members of the gentry of gadget pageantry look just about ready to stick a fork into.
And the tone, a kind of perky gravity that sits well on the early-20th-century British gentry, is a more awkward fit in a story set in the midst of a war over slavery.
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Origin and Etymology of gentry
Middle English gentrie “high birth or rank, properties ideally characteristic of those of high birth, the wellborn collectively,” borrowed from Anglo-French genterie “high birth,” from gent “of aristocratic birth” + -erie -ery — more at 1gent
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: people of high social status
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