noun Etymology: Middle English gentrise, from Anglo-French genterise, alteration of gentelise, from gentil gentle Date: 14th century archaic gentility of birth ; rank

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  • gentrice — /jen tris/, n. Archaic. gentility; high birth. [1175 1225; ME gentrise < OF genterise, alter. of gentelise, equiv. to gentil GENTLE + ise ICE] * * * …   Universalium

  • gentrice — gen·trice …   English syllables

  • gentrice — gen•trice [[t]ˈdʒɛn trɪs[/t]] n. archaic soc gentility; high birth • Etymology: 1175–1225; ME < OF genterise, alter. of gentelise=gentil gentle+ ise ice …   From formal English to slang

  • gentrice — ˈjen.trə̇s noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English gentrise, from Old French genterise, alteration of gentilise, gentelise, from gentil noble, gentle more at gentle archaic : gentility of birth : rank …   Useful english dictionary

  • gentry — c.1300, nobility of rank or birth, from O.Fr. genterise, variant of gentilise noble birth, gentleness, from gentil (see GENTLE (Cf. gentle)). Meaning noble persons is from 1520s. Earlier in both senses was gentrice (c.1200 as nobility of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gentry — 1 the people next below the nobility in position and birth. 2 derog. people (these gentry). Etymology: prob. f. obs. gentrice f. OF genterise var. of gentelise nobility f. gentil GENTLE …   Useful english dictionary

  • gen|try — «JEHN tree», noun. 1. people of good family and social position, belonging to the upper class of society: »It is the church of the gentry; but it is not the church of the poor (Emerson). 2. the class in England below the nobility and above the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • genitrise — var. gentrice …   Useful english dictionary

  • gentiresse — obs. form of gentrice …   Useful english dictionary

  • gentre — gentre, gentre(i)s obs. ff. gentry, gentrice …   Useful english dictionary