or gen·tle·folks


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gentlefolk

Historical Examples of gentlefolk

  • The tracks are so very unpleasant—dangerous even, for the carriages of gentlefolk.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • The flowers were often of scant variety, but were those deemed the gentlefolk of the flower world.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • Thousands of wives, I am told, pass their whole lives in the pretence that they and their husbands are gentlefolk.

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant

  • Hating is a thing that gentlefolk don't do—but gentlefolk don't live up here.

  • I know now, since all the company have come to Lynn, how homely and humble I am in the eyes of gentlefolk.

    The Lady of Lynn

    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for gentlefolk



pl n

persons regarded as being of good breeding
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