What does the word Gentlefolk mean?

Usage examples for Gentlefolk

  1. " Of course I know that gentlefolk don't believe in omens, but it's a bad omen, madam," Fedosya went on in a doleful voice, " the young lady will hide, and hide..." – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  2. Of course, they might be more grandly lodged by the rich and the great- gentlefolk in their own station. – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett