What does genteel mean?

Definitions for genteel
dʒɛnˈtilgen·teel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word genteel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, politeadjective

    marked by refinement in taste and manners

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

Wiktionary

  1. genteeladjective

    Polite and well-mannered.

    Etymology: From gentil

  2. genteeladjective

    Stylish or elegant.

    Etymology: From gentil

  3. genteeladjective

    Aristocratic

    Etymology: From gentil

Webster Dictionary

  1. Genteeladjective

    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. Genteeladjective

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

  3. Genteeladjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Genteel

    jen-tēl′, adj. well-bred: graceful in manners or in form: fashionable.—adj. Genteel′ish, somewhat genteel.—adv. Genteel′ly.—n. Genteel′ness (same as Gentility).—The genteel, the manners and usages of genteel or well-bred society. [Fr. gentil—L. gentilis, belonging to the same gens, or clan—later, well-bred.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of genteel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of genteel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of genteel in a Sentence

  1. Drinks International:

    But the Dead Rabbit is more than the sum of its liquid parts, fusing as it does colorful historical references to the city’s 19th-century Water Street rough-neck pub set and Lower Broadway’s genteel cocktail imbibers in an atmosphere of Irish-American hospitality.

  2. Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri:

    He can come on with a relatively genteel persona that is calm, or he can come in very aggressive and be aggressive in a way that you would not normally see a presidential, you know Republican nominee behave and so we're preparing for either one. Fox News can confirm that two of the most experienced debate strategists – D.C. lawyer Karen Dunn and former Al Gore aide Ron Klain -- have been overseeing the Westchester County debate prep. Dunn famously told President Obama to punch Mitt Romney in the mouth after a lackluster debate performance in 2012. The Clinton campaign and surrogates meanwhile are trying to get under Trump’s skin by circulating a 19-page list of Trump’s.

  3. Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!:

    A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.

  4. Thomas Hardy:

    Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.

  5. E. B. White:

    The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.

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  • gentilSpanish
  • à la modeFrench
  • galant, aristocratisch, modieusDutch
  • gentilPortuguese
  • элегантный, изящный, благородный, аристократичный, аристократический, модный, воспитанныйRussian

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