Origin of gentility
Examples from the Web for gentility
Packaging these rebuffs with gentility and kindness may or may not succeed.
It is the garb most likely to obscure and set backward even a Walpole or a Chesterfield in any impression of gentility.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
She has the essence of gentility, and indeed her manners are better bred than most of our ladies.
Perhaps, after all, fear is at the root of the English veneration for gentility.The Romany Rye|George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for gentility
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for gentility
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.