gentry


gentry
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 rank
2. people of high social standing; esp., in Great Britain, the class of landowning people ranking just below the nobility
3. people of a particular class or group [the newspaper gentry]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
, (between the nobility and the vulgar)