Gentry


Gentry
Gentry Gen"try, n. [OE. genterie, gentrie, noble birth, nobility, cf. gentrise, and OF. gentelise, genterise, E. gentilesse, also OE. genteleri high-mindedness. See {Gent}, a., {Gentle}, a.] 1. Birth; condition; rank by birth. [Obs.] ``Pride of gentrie.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

She conquers him by high almighty Jove, By knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Courtesy; civility; complaisance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To show us so much gentry and good will. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (between the nobility and the vulgar)