Meaning of “the gentry” in the English Dictionary

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"the gentry" in British English

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the gentrynoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈdʒen.tri/ us /ˈdʒen.tri/

people of high social class, especially in the past:

a member of the landed gentry (= those who own a lot of land)

(Definition of “the gentry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gentry" in American English

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gentryplural noun

us /ˈdʒen·tri/

people of high social class:

His diaries provide an intimate look at the life of the gentry in 18th-century Virginia.

(Definition of “gentry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)