people of high social class, in particular of the land-owning social class

Gentry means “well-born people”. The word comes from the latin word gentis which means “clan” or “extended family”. In England, gentry is the social class below the aristocracy. It gets its income from large landholdings.[1]

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  1. Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (1996) p.798

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  • Peter Coss, The Origins of the English Gentry. Past and Present Publications. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2003). ISBN 052182673X