Gentry – meaning of the word and examples

The condition or rank of a gentleman. (Merriam – Webster)

Upper or ruling class: Aristocracy. (Merriam – Webster)

A class whose members are entitled to bear a coat of arms though not of noble rank. (Merriam – Webster)

People of good social position, specifically the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Well born and well-bred people. (

(in England) the class below the nobility. (

People of high social class, especially in the past: (Cambridge Dictionary)


The origins of the English gentry.

British social hierarchy.

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