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gen·try

 (jĕn′trē)
n. pl. gen·tries
1. People of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position.
2.
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.]

gentry

(ˈdʒɛntrɪ)
n
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]

gen•try

(ˈdʒɛn tri)

n.
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.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French genterie. See gentle, -ery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gentry - the most powerful members of a societygentry - the most powerful members of a society
upper class, upper crust - the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy
landed gentry, squirearchy - the gentry who own land (considered as a class)

gentry

noun nobility, lords, elite, nobles, upper class, aristocracy, peerage, ruling class, patricians, upper crust (informal), gentility, gentlefolk Most of the country estates were built by the landed gentry during the 19th century.

gentry

noun
Translations

gentry

[ˈdʒentrɪ] N (Brit) → alta burguesía f, pequeña aristocracia f (pej) → familias fpl bien, gente f bien; (= set of people) → gente f

gentry

[ˈdʒɛntri] ngentry f

gentry

pl
Gentry f, → niederer Adel
(dated pej: = people) → Leute pl

gentry

[ˈdʒɛntrɪ] nplpiccola nobiltà