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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒentri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒentri//
[plural] (also the gentry) (old-fashioned)
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people belonging to a high social class the local gentry the landed gentry (= those who own a lot of land) Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘superiority of birth or rank’): from Anglo-Norman French genterie, based on gentil ‘high-born, noble’, from Latin gentilis ‘of the same clan’, from gens, gent- ‘family, race’, from the root of gignere ‘beget’.
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