- Birth; condition; rank by birth.(Obs)"Pride of gentrie." [Chaucer.]"She conquers him by high almighty Jove, By knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath." [Shak.]
- People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry.
- Courtesy; civility; complaisance.(Obs)"To show us so much gentry and good will." [Shak.]
Etymology: OE. genterie gentrie, noble birth, nobility, cf. gentrise, and OF. gentelise genterise, E. gentilesse, also OE. genteleri high-mindedness. See Gent (a.) Gentle (a.)