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 rudeness ; polite 2. a. maintaining or striving to maintain the appearance of superior or middle-class social status or respectability b. (1) marked by false delicacy, prudery, or affectation (2) conventionally or insipidly pretty <
timid and genteel artistic style
genteelly adverbgenteelness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.