1. good breeding or refinement.
  2. affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
  3. the status of belonging to polite society.
  4. members of polite society collectively.

noun plural -ties

  1. respectability and polite good breeding
  2. affected politeness
  3. noble birth or ancestry
  4. people of noble birth

mid-14c., “gentle birth,” from Old French gentilit√© (14c.) or directly from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) “relationship in the same family or clan,” from gentilis (see gentle). Meaning “state of being gentile” is from 1520s.

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