1. Birth; condition; rank by birth. [Obs.] “Pride of gentrie.”
She conquers him by high almighty Jove,
By knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath. --Shak.
2. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry.
3. Courtesy; civility; complaisance. [Obs.]
To show us so much gentry and good will. --Shak.
n : the most powerful members of a society [syn: aristocracy]