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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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Related Words for gentlefolk

decorum, civility, elegance, propriety, aristocracy, respectability, politeness, urbanity, etiquette, flower, formality, society, culture, elite, rank, refinement, courtesy, gentry, polish, quality

Examples from the Web for gentlefolk

Historical Examples of gentlefolk

  • 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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