noun (plural gentries) Etymology: Middle English gentrie, alteration of gentrise Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete the qualities appropriate to a person of gentle birth; especially courtesy b. the condition or rank of a gentleman 2. a. upper or ruling class ; aristocracy b. a class whose members are entitled to bear a coat of arms though not of noble rank; especially the landed proprietors having such status 3. people of a specified class or kind ; folks <
no real heroes or heroines among the academic gentry — R. G. Hanvey

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

, (between the nobility and the vulgar)

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