the gentry

noun

old-fashioned
: people of high social status : the aristocracy

Examples of the gentry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After running away, Heathcliff rises up through the ranks of the gentry and exacts revenge on the families — the Earnshaws and the Lintons — who kept him from his true love. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 July 2024 Icon status Back in 1837, a craftsman named Thierry Hermès opened a shop to sell saddles, harnesses, and equestrian wares to the gentry of France. thehustle.co, 10 May 2024 The open secret of workers’ relationship with the gentry, in Eliot, is that their labor makes its gentility possible. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Leading that revolt is young revolutionist Luigi (Vincenzo Crea), while much older Silvestro (Luca Lionello) hopes to change things from within, by running for a public office usually held by the gentry. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 June 2023 Some of the gentry might prosper and over the decades expand their presence to additional households, while others might go penniless and turn over their properties to those still or newly rich. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 9 Aug. 2022 The city boomed, but voters forgot the bad old days, and the combination of public unions and the gentry left took charge of the political debate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 June 2021 King Charles reportedly plans to do away with rites like the traditional presentation of gold ingots to the monarch and nix a Court of Claims (to determine coronation duties for members of the gentry) in the run-up to the big event. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 The opera explores the cultural collisions between Black freedmen, who arrived in the British Isles with no money and no welcome mat, and the gentry in a tale that didn’t get much airtime in American history books, Hannah Edgar writes for the Tribune. chicagotribune.com, 20 Apr. 2022

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