Gentilesse Gen`ti*lesse", n. [OF. gentilesse, gentelise, F. gentillesse. See {Gentle}. a.] Gentleness; courtesy; kindness; nobility. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • gentilesse — [jen΄ti les′] n. [ME < OFr gentillise < gentil: see GENTLE] Archaic good breeding and courteous behavior …   English World dictionary

  • gentilesse — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from gentil Date: 14th century decorum of conduct befitting a member of the gentry …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gentilesse — /jen tl es , jen tl es /, n. the quality of being gentle. [1300 50; ME < MF gentillesse, equiv. to gentil (see GENTEEL, GENTLE) + esse n. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • gentilesse — gen·ti·lesse …   English syllables

  • gentilesse — gen•ti•lesse [[t]ˈdʒɛn tlˌɛs, ˌdʒɛn tlˈɛs[/t]] n. archaic well behaved, in the manner of the gentry • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < MF gentil …   From formal English to slang

  • gentilesse — /ˈdʒɛntəlɛs/ (say jentuhles) noun Obsolete politeness, especially as an indicator of good breeding; courtesy. {French gentillesse, from gentil; see gentle, genteel} …   Australian English dictionary

  • gentilesse — |jentə|les noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French gentilesce, from gentil noble, pleasant, friendly + esce, esse ess more at gentle archaic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gentlesse — Gent lesse, n. Gentilesse; gentleness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kidde — Kythe Kythe, Kithe Kithe (k[imac][th]), v. t. [imp. {Kydde}, {Kidde} (k[i^]d de); p. p. {Kythed}, Kid; p. pr. & vb. n. {Kything}.] [OE. kythen, kithen, cu[eth]en, to make known, AS. c[=y][eth]an, fr. c[=u][eth] known. [root]45. See {Uncouth},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English