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or gentlefolks

[jen-tl-fohk] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
persons of good family and breeding.
Origin of gentlefolk
First recorded in 1585-95; gentle + folk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


plural noun
persons regarded as being of good breeding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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