noun(often the gentry)
- 1People of good social position, specifically (in the UK) the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth: a member of the landed gentryMore example sentences
- The survival of the old elites extended to the gentry and petty nobility.
- The dissolution of the monasteries strengthened the influence of the gentry and nobility and the shire became famous for its landed estates.
- The source of ruling-class opposition was a distinct sector of the class, the landed gentry, and was perfectly rational in basis.
- 1.1 [with adjective] People of a specified class or group: a New Orleans family of Creole gentryMore example sentences
- Although well disassociated from the taint of trade, my family was country gentry.
- Born to a poor family of Burgundian gentry, he served as a cadet under Condé during the Fronde and was promptly captured.
- The car looks cool, and the Cross Country model appeals to the exurban gentry, but that's about it.
late Middle English (in the sense 'superiority of birth or rank'): from Anglo-Norman French genterie, based on gentil (see gentle1).