Definition of gentility noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒenˈtɪləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒenˈtɪləti//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1very good manners and behaviour; the fact of belonging to a high social class He took her hand with discreet gentility. She thinks expensive clothes are a mark of gentility.
  2. 2the fact of being quiet and old-fashioned the faded gentility of the town
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘honourable birth’): from Old French gentilite, from gentil ‘high-born, noble’, from Latin gentilis ‘of the same clan’, from gens, gent- ‘family, race’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gentility