Definition of gentility in English:


Syllabification: gen·til·i·ty
Pronunciation: /jenˈtilitē


  • Social superiority as demonstrated by genteel manners, behavior, or appearances: her grandmother’s pretensions to gentility
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    • Meanwhile, music for the home centred on the piano, which was now the quintessential domestic instrument, badge of female gentility and social respectability.
    • Chintz armchairs and couch, and a walnut sideboard with light-catching decanters and a crystal fruit bowl on lace, completed to the air of polite gentility.
    • Since drinking coffee socially was something that gentility and the aristocracy did, the middle classes could prove their own respectability and gentility by doing the same.
    refinement, distinction, breeding, sophistication; respectability, punctiliousness, decorum, good manners, politeness, civility, courtesy, graciousness, correctness; affectation, ostentation


Middle English (in the sense 'honorable birth'): from Old French gentilite, from gentil (see gentle1).

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