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n. pl. gen·tries
1. People of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position.
a. An upper or ruling class.
b. The class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility.
3. People of a particular class or group: another commuter from the suburban gentry.
[Middle English gentri, nobility of birth, from Old French genterie, variant of genterise, gentilise, from gentil, noble; see gentle.]
1. persons of high birth or social standing; aristocracy
2. Brit persons just below the nobility in social rank
3. informal often derogatory people, esp of a particular group or kind
[C14: from Old French genterie, from gentil gentle]
1. wellborn and well-bred people.
2. (in England) the class below the nobility.
3. an upper or ruling class; aristocracy.
4. people, esp. considered as a specific group, class, or kind; folks: the hockey gentry.
5. Archaic. the quality or status of being a gentleman.
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