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or gentlefolks

[jen-tl-fohk] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌfoʊk/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
persons of good family and breeding.
Origin of gentlefolk
1585-95; gentle + folk Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • To judge by their way of talking, they divide the world into folk and gentlefolk.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The gentlefolk took her to the banquet hall and gave her a glass of cordial.

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

    Man and Maid E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • Why should not he get interest for his money, like lords and gentlefolk?

British Dictionary definitions for gentlefolk


plural noun
persons regarded as being of good breeding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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