gentry

noun gen·try \ ˈjen-trē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of gentry

plural gentries
1 a obsolete :the qualities appropriate to a person of gentle (see 1gentle 1a) birth; especially :courtesy
b :the condition or rank of a gentleman
2 a :upper or ruling class :aristocracy
b :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

  1. poor tenant farmers working for landed gentry

  2. the old-line yachting gentry frowns on vulgar displays of wealth

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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

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gentry

noun gen·try \ ˈjen-trē \

Definition of gentry for Students

:people of high social status


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