[jen-tl] /ˈdʒɛn tl/
adjective, gentler, gentlest.
a gentle manner.
not severe, rough, or violent; mild:
a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
a gentle slope.
of good birth or family; wellborn.
characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable:
a gentle upbringing.
easily handled or managed; tractable:
a gentle animal.
soft or low:
a gentle sound.
Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
Archaic. noble; chivalrous:
a gentle knight.
verb (used with object), gentled, gentling.
to tame; render tractable.
to mollify; calm; pacify.
to make gentle.
to stroke; soothe by petting.
to ennoble; dignify.
having a mild or kindly nature or character
soft or temperate; mild; moderate: a gentle scolding
gradual: a gentle slope
easily controlled; tame: a gentle horse
(archaic) of good breeding; noble: gentle blood
(archaic) gallant; chivalrous
to tame or subdue (a horse)
to appease or mollify
(obsolete) to ennoble or dignify
a maggot, esp when used as bait in fishing
(archaic) a person who is of good breeding
early 14c., “befitting one of gentle rank,” from gentle + -ly (2). Meaning “quietly, softly” is from 1550s.
early 13c., “well-born,” from Old French gentil “high-born, noble, of good family” (11c., in Modern French “nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty”), from Latin gentilis “of the same family or clan,” from gens (genitive gentis) “race, clan,” from root of gignere “beget,” from PIE root *gen- “produce” (see genus). Sense of “gracious, kind” (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of “mild, tender” is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.
[jen-tl-woo m-uh n] /ˈdʒɛn tlˌwʊm ən/ noun, plural gentlewomen. 1. a of good family, breeding, or social position. 2. a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered ; lady. 3. a who attends upon a lady of rank. 4. a female member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives: The chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Maine. […]
[jen-too] /ˈdʒɛn tu/ Archaic. noun, plural Gentoos. 1. a Hindu. 2. any of the languages of those who practice the Hindu religion, especially Telugu. adjective 3. of or relating to the Gentoos. /ˈdʒɛntuː/ noun (pl) -toos 1. (sometimes not capital) (archaic) a Hindu, esp as distinguished from a Muslim
[jen-too] /ˈdʒɛn tu/ noun 1. a penguin, Pygoscelis papua, of small Antarctic islands.
[jen-tris] /ˈdʒɛn trɪs/ noun, Archaic. 1. gentility; high birth.