Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Wellbred or refined; elegant; fashionable.

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Usage examples "genteel":

  1. Why, said the Five- Legged Walking- Stick, it is just to be genteel. - "Among the Meadow People", Clara Dillingham Pierson.
  2. If Philip had already married, his father would leave him to a life of genteel poverty with Helena Gracedieu. - "The Legacy of Cain", Wilkie Collins.
  3. The next prejudices that I adopted were those of the 'beau monde', in which as I was determined to shine, I took what are commonly called the genteel vices to be necessary. - "Letters to His Son, 1749", The Earl of Chesterfield.