[ jen-teel ]
/ dʒɛnˈtil /


belonging or suited to polite society.
well-bred or refined; polite; elegant; stylish.
affectedly or pretentiously polite, delicate, etc.

Origin of genteel

1590–1600; < French gentil; see gentle

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British Dictionary definitions for genteel

/ (dʒɛnˈtiːl) /


affectedly proper or refined; excessively polite
respectable, polite, and well-breda genteel old lady
appropriate to polite or fashionable societygenteel behaviour

Derived forms of genteel

genteelly, adverbgenteelness, noun

Word Origin for genteel

C16: from French gentil well-born; see gentle
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