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.