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gentlefolk

or gentlefolks

[jen-tl-fohk] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
persons of good family and breeding.
Origin of gentlefolk
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; gentle + folk
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  • This story deals with gentlefolk, or with those who are obliged to pretend that they are gentlefolk.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Who are the gentlefolk the loss of whose patronage to the Feydau will be so poignantly felt?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It is because, as I said before, gentlefolk and farmers have left off joining or taking any interest in them.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • The gentlefolk took her to the banquet hall and gave her a glass of cordial.

  • Why should not he get interest for his money, like lords and gentlefolk?

  • What must it be like to be gentlefolk, to have the money to buy calm and cleanliness?

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Is it possible that such a rascal usurps the privileges of gentlefolk?

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • They are, themselves, all well-to-do, and gentlefolk as well.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • To judge by their way of talking, they divide the world into folk and gentlefolk.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • Why should we not clothe ourselves like gentlefolk as well as our kindred and friends at home?

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for gentlefolk

gentlefolk

/ˈdʒɛntəlˌfəʊk/
plural noun
1.
persons regarded as being of good breeding
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