Borrowed from French gentil (“gentile”), from Latin gentīlis (“of or belonging to the same people or nation”), from gēns (“clan; tribe; people, family”) + adjective suffix -īlis (“-ile”). Doublet of gentle and gentile. See also gens, gender, genus, and generation.
- Affectedly proper or refined; somewhat prudish refinement; excessively polite.
- Polite and well-mannered.
- Stylish or elegant.