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. (Dictionary.com)

(in England) the class below the nobility. (Dictionary.com)

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

Examples

The origins of the English gentry. 

https://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/402

British social hierarchy. 

https://www.hierarchystructure.com/british-social-hierarchy/
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