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G is for Genteel

From the dusty archive of antique descriptions we don’t hear much anymore:

Genteel (jen-teel)/adj. From the Middle French gentil = gentle. a: Having an aristocratic quality or flavor; stylish. b: of or relating to the gentry or upper class  c: elegant or graceful in manner, appearance, or shape

It all sounds very Downton Abbey. Is “genteel” a word you ever find occasion to use? Do you know anyone personally who fits the description?

 

One Response to G is for Genteel

  • JazzFeathers says:

    I don’t often see it in English, although, since I read historical fiction quite often, I do come across it.
    In Italian we use a similar word ‘signorile’ (‘gentile’ means kind), which is not uncommon.

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