Synonyms for gentry

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You will have wealth, station—a name among the first in the gentry of England.

I suppose you have no objection this time to bestow a few bullets on these gentry?

The guests comprised the gentry of the neighbourhood, and also many from a distance.

But that only makes him angry, and he says dreadful things about the gentry.

The people are coming in hundreds—aye, in thousands—the gentry will follow; they must.

It's the gentry an' most respectable folks that's Protestants.

The nobility and gentry of this country were welcomed abroad with but too great avidity.

And the gentry—where are they, who should stand at their head and share their fortune?

I expect she knew enough herself—all the resident gentry did.

Perhaps—it flashed upon him—the yacht's gentry will hear I stood up for them.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "nobility of rank or birth," from Old French genterise, variant of gentilise "noble birth, gentleness," from gentil (see gentle). Meaning "noble persons" is from 1520s. Earlier in both senses was gentrice (c.1200 as "nobility of character," late 14c. as "noble persons"). In Anglo-Irish, gentry was a name for "the fairies" (1880), and gentle could mean "enchanted" (1823).

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aristocracy

nounprivileged class, government
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