Definition of gentry
- no real heroes or heroines among the academic gentry
- —R. G. Hanvey
poor tenant farmers working for landed gentry
the old-line yachting gentry frowns on vulgar displays of wealth
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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