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gentlefolks (plural only)
- (nonstandard) gentlefolk
1827, Various, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10,:
- If there be any evil in novels at all, it is when […] they lead idle gentlefolks to fancy themselves employed, when they are only killing time.
1881, Margaret O. (Wilson) Oliphant, The Open Door, and the Portrait.:
- "Ah!" she said, with a little cry of disappointment, "my man said not to make too sure, and that the ways of the gentlefolks is hard to know."
1922, Lafcadio Hearn, Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn:
- Thou mindest me of gentlefolks,-- Old gentlefolks are they,-- Thou say'st an undisputed thing In such a solemn way.