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Meaning of GENTRY

Pronunciation:  'jentree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the most powerful members of a society

GENTRY is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: aristocracy
 See Also: landed gentry, squirearchy, upper class, upper crust



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gen"try\, n. [OE. genterie, gentrie, noble birth,
nobility, cf. gentrise, and OF. gentelise, genterise, E.
gentilesse, also OE. genteleri high-mindedness. See {Gent},
a., {Gentle}, a.]
1. Birth; condition; rank by birth. [Obs.] ``Pride of
   gentrie.'' --Chaucer.

         She conquers him by high almighty Jove, By
         knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath.

2. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a
   restricted sense, those between the nobility and the
   yeomanry. --Macaulay.

3. Courtesy; civility; complaisance. [Obs.]

         To show us so much gentry and good will. --Shak.

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