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gentlefolk

or gentlefolks

[jen-tl-fohk] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
persons of good family and breeding.
Origin of gentlefolk
1585-1595
1585-95; gentle + folk
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  • The Swan allured the gentlefolk of the county, the coach-and-four people, Jehus of light curricles, and riders of blooded horses.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • It is because, as I said before, gentlefolk and farmers have left off joining or taking any interest in them.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • Only the Vigils were requested to come with their lanterns to light the gentlefolk home at night.

  • Who are the gentlefolk the loss of whose patronage to the Feydau will be so poignantly felt?

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • She possessed in perfection the qualities of an all-round servant of the gentlefolk.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • The gentlefolk took her to the banquet hall and gave her a glass of cordial.

  • Suddenly appearing behind the backs of the row of gentlefolk on the bench was the pale, thin face of my father.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Why should not he get interest for his money, like lords and gentlefolk?

  • Well, Judy supposed all these poor dear people were gentlefolk, but these two were of her world.

    Man and Maid E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • What must it be like to be gentlefolk, to have the money to buy calm and cleanliness?

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for gentlefolk

gentlefolk

/ˈdʒɛntəlˌfəʊk/
plural noun
1.
persons regarded as being of good breeding
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