Definition of genteel adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    genteel

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//dʒɛnˈtil//
     
     
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  1. 1 (of people and their way of life) quiet and polite, often in an exaggerated way; from, or pretending to be from, a high social class a genteel manner Her genteel accent irritated me. He lived in genteel poverty (= trying to keep the style of a high social class, but with little money).
  2. 2 (of places) quiet and old-fashioned and perhaps slightly boring
NAmE//dʒɛnˈtilli//
 
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