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gentlefolk

or gen·tle·folks

[jen-tl-fohk]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. persons of good family and breeding.
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Origin of gentlefolk

First recorded in 1585–95; gentle + folk
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Examples from the Web for gentlefolk

Historical Examples

  • 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?


British Dictionary definitions for gentlefolk

gentlefolk

gentlefolks

pl n
  1. persons regarded as being of good breeding
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