Definition of 'genteel'
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What caused such an enormous rift in the genteel world of country-house opera? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The images seem so genteel and polite. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But it was not a rich or genteel town. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (2005)This does not seem to be just any genteel lady writing a letter. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Yet the overwhelming timbre of his childhood was genteel poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2007)His disappearance cast the family into genteel poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Her plight speaks volumes about the cut-throat tactics that have entered the once genteel world of literature. Times, Sunday Times (2010)As for rich, we just live in genteel poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Badminton is a soft, rather genteel game played in school halls with floors sticky from spilt orange squash. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She represented to him liberation from the genteel world of Finchley, where he grew up. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It was a world removed from genteel Seattle, but only the length of one country. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The heroine's sense of dislocation, genteel poverty and dreams of redemption are almost unbearably vivid. Times, Sunday Times (2014)She died in genteel poverty in London in 1971.. Times, Sunday Times (2008)THE genteel world of international chess has been rocked after a leading player was accused of cheating - using a mobile phone. The Sun (2007)FOUR middle-class friends have shot to internet stardom - after making a hilarious gangsta rap music video about their genteel home town. The Sun (2008)
Trends of 'genteel'
Used Occasionally. genteel is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'genteel'
British English: genteel ADJECTIVE
A genteel person is respectable and well-mannered, and comes or seems to come from a high social class.
It was a place to which genteel families came in search of health and quiet.
Definition of genteel from the Collins English Dictionary
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