Definition of gentlefolk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjen(t)lˌfōk/

plural noun

People of high social position.
Example sentences
  • It is often debated whether there was a real distinction, in later medieval England, between the culture of the expanded aristocracy of gentlefolk and that of the higher, traditional, chivalrous aristocracy.
  • For much of the 19th century wave upon wave of gentlefolk of both nations descended on the Riviera, sketching, botanising and indulging in soirées musicales, and all for the sake of their health.
  • They attempt to replicate domestic society, driving to the club with ‘the jog-trot of country gentlefolk between green hedgerows.’

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Syllabification: gent·le·folk

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