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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Genteel


GENTEE'L, adjective [Latin gentilis, from gens, race, stock, family, and with the sense of noble or at least respectable birth, as we use birth and family.]

1. Polite; well bred; easy and graceful in manners or behavior; having the manners of well bred people; as genteel company; genteel guests.

2. Polite; easy and graceful; becoming well bred persons; as genteel manners or behavior; a genteel address.

3. Graceful in mein or form; elegant; as the lady has a genteel person.

4. Elegantly dressed.

5. Decorous; refined; free from any thing low or vulgar; as genteel comedy.