genteel


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Genteel \Gen*teel"\, a. [F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful. See
   Gentle.]
   1. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded
      as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from
      vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a
      refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as,
      genteel company, manners, address.
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   2. Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or
      manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law.
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   3. Suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live
      in a genteel allowance.

   Syn: Polite; well-bred; refined; polished.
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