What Does The Gentry Mean?


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Yooti Bhansali Profile
Yooti Bhansali answered
'Gentry' is a collective term used to describe people of gentle birth and good upbringing. They are those who are products of good breeding and have a high social standing. The term can also be used to denote an upper or ruling class of people.

The gentry were used to refer to the group of British landowners who ranked just below the nobility.

They are usually members of the topmost social level. They can be termed as aristocrats, the crème de la crème of society. They possess the trademark 'blue bloodedness' of the royal nature.

In terms of power, they have a high authority over political and administrative matters of a nation.

In England, gentry mainly refer to 'landed gentry'. These are the smaller landowners mentioned in British history. They typically did not possess any titles except Knighthoods and Baronetcies.

The landed gentry played a significant part in the English Civil War in the 17th century.
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Aun Jafery answered
The word "gentry" is a noun that refers to a person as being of gentle birth, high social position or good breeding. It is supposed to refer to a high social class that existed at a level greater than that of the yeomen but lesser than the nobility. These days "gentry" is used to refer to people belonging to some particular group or class. The word "gentry" is derived from the Middle English word "gentri" meaning nobility of birth, derived from the Old French word "genterie".

The word has been widely used in English history. There was a section of smaller landowners who were known as the landed gentry. In the United States the term is used to refer to the upper middle class that has a professional base and is highly educated.

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