genteel Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"genteel" in British English

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genteeladjective

uk   us   /dʒenˈtiːl/
old-fashioned typical of a high ​socialclass: The ​mansion had an ​atmosphere of genteel ​elegance and ​decay. He took ​elocutionlessons to ​try to make his ​accentsound more genteel. being very ​polite, ​gentle, or ​graceful: a genteel ​southernlady calm and ​gentle: The ​gameseemed to be a more genteel ​version of American ​football.
genteelly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She ​tittered genteelly.
(Definition of genteel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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genteeladjective

 us   /dʒenˈtil/
polite and ​correct in ​manner, or ​trying to be ​polite and ​correct in ​order to ​appear to be of a high ​socialclass: When in ​company, they ​affected genteel ​tablemanners.
(Definition of genteel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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