- gentry [jen′trē]n.[ME genterie, noble or high birth; prob. taken as sing. of genterise, gentility of birth < OFr, var. of gentilise < gentil: see GENTLE]1. Obs. rank resulting from birth; esp., high rank2. people of high social standing; esp., in Great Britain, the class of landowning people ranking just below the nobility3. people of a particular class or group [the newspaper gentry]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.