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gentlefolk

or gen·tle·folks

[ jen-tl-fohk ]
/ ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

persons of good family and breeding.

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Origin of gentlefolk

First recorded in 1585–95; gentle + folk
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gentlefolk

gentlefolks

/ (ˈdʒɛntəlˌfəʊk) /

pl n

persons regarded as being of good breeding
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