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.

2.

Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law.

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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