What does the word genteel mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Genteelness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Genteelly.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Wellbred or refined; elegant; fashionable.

Usage examples for genteel

  1. Why, said the Five- Legged Walking- Stick, it is just to be genteel. – Among the Meadow People by 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 by 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 by The Earl of Chesterfield