- good breeding or refinement.
- affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
- the status of belonging to polite society.
- members of polite society collectively.
Origin of gentility
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Examples from the Web for gentility
What, in the name of gentility, can you know of fashionable life?
The boy, Leonard Bast, stood at the extreme verge of gentility.Howards End
E. M. Forster
By that road, his progress to the goal of gentility would be smooth and simple.The Market-Place
To me, this was a precious document; it was a patent of gentility at once.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
I knew that the gentility of the knock had taken both her and her mother aback.A Window in Thrums</p>
J. M. Barrie
- respectability and polite good breeding
- affected politeness
- noble birth or ancestry
- people of noble birth
Word Origin and History for gentility
mid-14c., "gentle birth," from Old French gentilité (14c.) or directly from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) "relationship in the same family or clan," from gentilis (see gentle). Meaning "state of being gentile" is from 1520s.