noun[mass noun] (often the gentry)
- People of good social position, specifically the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth: a member of the landed gentryMore example sentences
the upper classes, the upper middle class, the privileged classes, the wealthy, the elite, high society, the establishment, the haut monde, the county set, the smart set; Indian bhadralok• informal the upper crust, the jet set, the beautiful people, the crème de la crème, the top drawerBritish • informal nobs, toffs• informal , • dated swells
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'superiority of birth or rank'): from Anglo-Norman French genterie, based on gentil (see gentle1).