genteel

  • 1 Genteel — Gen*teel , a. [F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful. See {Gentle}.] 1. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a refined or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 genteel — 1590s, from M.Fr. gentil stylish, fashionable, elegant; nice, graceful, pleasing, from O.Fr. gentil high born, noble (11c.); a reborrowing of the French word that had early come into English as GENTLE (Cf. gentle) (q.v.), with French… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 genteel — index civil (polite) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 genteel — Its primary meaning is ‘affectedly or ostentatiously refined or stylish’, but it is often used ironically to mean ‘of or appropriate to the upper classes’ …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 genteel — [adj] sophisticated, cultured affected, aristocratic, artificial, chivalrous, civil, confined, courteous, courtly, cultivated, distingué, elegant, fashionable, formal, graceful, hollow, intolerant, la di da*, mannerly, noble, ostentatious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 genteel — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ affectedly polite and refined. DERIVATIVES genteelly adverb. ORIGIN French gentil well born …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 genteel — [jen tēl′] adj. [< Fr gentil (of same orig. as GENTLE & JAUNTY, but borrowed again in 16th c.)] 1. Old fashioned having or showing the good taste and refinement associated with polite society; elegant, fashionable, etc. 2. excessively or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 genteel — [[t]ʤenti͟ːl[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A genteel person is respectable and well mannered, and comes or seems to come from a high social class. It was a place to which genteel families came in search of health and quiet. ...two maiden ladies with genteel …

    English dictionary

  • 9 genteel — UK [dʒenˈtiːl] / US [dʒenˈtɪl] adjective 1) a) typical of polite well educated people belonging to a high social class who have strict moral standards and are easily shocked by anything rude genteel manners b) lived in by rich polite people and… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 genteel — gen|teel [ dʒen til ] adjective 1. ) typical of polite people belonging to a high social class: genteel manners a ) lived in by rich polite people: a genteel seaside town 2. ) trying to appear as if you belong to a high social class ╾ gen|teel|ly …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 genteel — adjective Etymology: Middle French gentil gentle Date: 1599 1. a. having an aristocratic quality or flavor ; stylish b. of or relating to the gentry or upper class c. elegant or graceful in manner, appearance, or shape d. free from vulgarity or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 genteel — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. polite, elegant. See courtesy, elegance. Ant., crude. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Polite] Syn. courteous, mannerly, well behaved; see polite 1 . 2. [Elegant] Syn. polished, cultured, well bred; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 genteel — gen|teel [dʒenˈti:l] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: gentil; GENTLE] 1.) polite, gentle, or graceful ▪ She broke into a genteel run. 2.) old fashioned from or relating to a good social class >genteelly adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 genteel — adjective 1 behaving and speaking in an unnatural and very polite way, because you want people to think you belong to a high social class 2 old fashioned of a high social class: a genteel neighbourhood genteelly adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 genteel — adjective she never quite fit in with Harold s genteel family Syn: refined, respectable, decorous, mannerly, well mannered, courteous, polite, proper, correct, seemly; well bred, cultured, sophisticated, ladylike, gentlemanly, dignified,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 genteel — genteelly, adv. genteelness, n. /jen teel /, adj. 1. belonging or suited to polite society. 2. well bred or refined; polite; elegant; stylish. 3. affectedly or pretentiously polite, delicate, etc. [1590 1600; < F gentil; see GENTLE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 genteel — adjective /dʒɛn tiːl/ a) Polite and well mannered. b) Stylish or elegant …

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  • 18 genteel — Synonyms and related words: Victorian, affected, appropriate, aristocratic, artificial, becoming, blue blooded, braw, cavalier, chic, chivalrous, civil, classy, clothes conscious, confined, cosmopolitan, county, courteous, courtly, cultivated,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 genteel — gen·teel || dÊ’en tɪːl adj. polite, well mannered; gentlemanly, ladylike; elegant, refined; belonging to or characteristic of upper class society; affected, pretentious …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 genteel — adjective exaggeratedly or affectedly polite and refined. Derivatives genteelism noun genteelly adverb genteelness noun Origin C16: from Fr. gentil well born (see gentle1) …

    English new terms dictionary