Definitions for genteeldʒɛnˈtil

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. belonging or suited to polite society.

  2. well-bred; polite; elegant.

  3. affectedly polite or delicate.

Origin of genteel:

1590–1600; < MF gentil; see gentle


Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite(adj)

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

    "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"


  1. genteel(Adjective)

    Polite and well-mannered.

  2. genteel(Adjective)

    Stylish or elegant.

  3. genteel(Adjective)


  4. Origin: From gentil

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genteel(adj)

    possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as, genteel company, manners, address

  2. Genteel(adj)

    graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law

  3. Genteel(adj)

    suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live in a genteel allowance

Translations for genteel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


acting, talking etc with a very great (often too great) attention to the rules of polite behaviour

She was laughed at for being too genteel.

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