gentlefolk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gentlefolk people of good family and breeding and high social status
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Gentlefolk Persons of gentle or good family and breeding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gentlefolk Persons of good breeding and family: a collective noun, with plural sense, and now generally with plural termination, gentlefolks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Gentlefolk people of good family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gentilis. See Genteel.

Usage

In literature:

The gentlefolk took her to the banquet hall and gave her a glass of cordial.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
But she did not like gentlefolk who were not gentle.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
One could see they were all gentlefolks, though the girls were not of the last cry of fashion.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
Go to the rich gentlefolk and sech.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
All the traditions and prejudices of gentlefolk are supremely indifferent to you?
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
I sweeps before gentlefolks's doors, and hopes they will give me something.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
These are very respectable gentlefolks.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
On these occasions no one that could possibly be imagined to be gentlefolk should be left out.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
No, they were not quite gentlefolk.
"His Lordship's Leopard" by David Dwight Wells
So I came oot here, an' left politics to gentlefolk.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
The chief and his sister were persons perfectly intelligent: gentlefolk, apt of speech.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It so happened that all the gentlefolks were out for the day, and she did not get her letter in time before the market people set off.
"Sowing and Sewing" by Charlotte Mary Yonge
It's cold for gentlefolk sitting in the snow.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
The gentlefolk don't know me, don't want to.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Nearly every one of these young fellows was the younger son of gentlefolks in England.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
Well, Judy supposed all these poor dear people were gentlefolk, but these two were of her world.
"Man and Maid" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
The heathen amongst whom I dwelt were, it appears, Nature's gentlefolk, hating unreality and humbug as they hated the devil.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
Do you think a piece of gold each for the gentlefolks, and two silver pennies for the servants, would be enough?
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
It is because, as I said before, gentlefolk and farmers have left off joining or taking any interest in them.
"Tom Brown at Rugby" by Thomas Hughes
Such manner of dealing was for gentlefolk.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
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In poetry:

Your pardon, gentlefolks, nor think me bold,
Because I thus our worthy promoter scold:
'Twas all feigned anger. This enlightened age
Requires a RUSE to bring one on the stage!
"Address For The Benefit Of Henry Placide." by George Pope Morris
We need much patience, well she knew,
And out and out, and through and through,
When we would gentlefolk address,
However we may seek to bless:
At times they hide them like the beasts
From sacred beams; and mostly priests.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
God save you, gentlefolks. There was a man
Who lay awake at midnight on his bed,
Watching the spiral flame that feeding ran
Among the logs upon his hearth, and shed
A comfortable glow, both warm and dim,
On crimson curtains that encompassed him.
"The Dreams That Came True" by Jean Ingelow