gentry


gentry
/jen"tree/, n.
1. wellborn and well-bred people.
2. (in England) the class below the nobility.
3. an upper or ruling class; aristocracy.
4. those who are not members of the nobility but are entitled to a coat of arms, esp. those owning large tracts of land.
5. (used with a pl. v.) people, esp. considered as a specific group, class, or kind: The polo crowd doesn't go there, but these hockey gentry do.
6. the state or condition of being a gentleman.
[1275-1325; ME < OF genterie. See GENTILE, GENTLE]

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Synonyms:
, (between the nobility and the vulgar)


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