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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gentry \Gen"try\, n. [OE. genterie, gentrie, noble birth, nobility, cf. gentrise, and OF. gentelise, genterise, E. gentilesse, also OE. genteleri high-mindedness. See Gent, a., Gentle, a.] 1. Birth; condition; rank by birth. [Obs.] "Pride of gentrie." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] She conquers him by high almighty Jove, By knighthood, gentry, and sweet friendship's oath. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. People of education and good breeding; in England, in a restricted sense, those between the nobility and the yeomanry. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. Courtesy; civility; complaisance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To show us so much gentry and good will. --Shak. [1913 Webster]