Examples from the Web for gentry
But the new rich, particularly the young, tend to be more progressive, or at least gentry liberal.
Gentry domination requires allies with a broader social base and their own political power.California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Beltway gentry gets a great deal on government-provided health care—but they think your plan needs cutting.D.C. Elites Agree on Medicare RX: Cuts for Thee, but Not for Me|Lloyd Green|March 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If Wall Street wants to join the “progressive” gentry parade again, as it did in 2008, Republican should encourage them.Off the Rails: How the Party of Lincoln Became the Party of Plutocrats|Joel Kotkin|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Would they stand by "their order" in so far as to adhere to the cause of the gentry?Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II)|Edmund Downey
Fox-hunting for two centuries has been the natural pastime of the Virginia gentry.The Doctor's Red Lamp|Various
He blamed the labor men for not choosing labor men to office instead of the gentry who offered themselves.Seven English Cities|William Dean Howells
For this service the elder Gentry paid him eight dollars a month and his passage home on a steamboat.A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln|John G. Nicolay
Whenever the gentry of Fecamp gave a dinner they always had at least one of Madame Toine's chickens to be in the fashion.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
British Dictionary definitions for gentry
Word Origin for gentry
Word Origin and History for gentry
c.1300, "nobility of rank or birth," from Old French genterise, variant of gentilise "noble birth, gentleness," from gentil (see gentle). Meaning "noble persons" is from 1520s. Earlier in both senses was gentrice (c.1200 as "nobility of character," late 14c. as "noble persons"). In Anglo-Irish, gentry was a name for "the fairies" (1880), and gentle could mean "enchanted" (1823).