gentil

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin gentīlis, from gēns ‎(Roman clan).

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gentil m ‎(feminine singular gentille, masculine plural gentils, feminine plural gentilles)

  1. kind, nice
  2. good (about kids, in the sense of good boy/girl)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The first, literal sense is today in modern French either child language, or else rather derogative: the kind of "qualifier" one uses about people considered as lacking personality. It however used to be in classical French a genuine compliment about social qualities, which gave gentilhomme ‎(gentleman).

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Noun[edit]

gentil m ‎(plural gentils)

  1. pagan, heretic
  2. gentile

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gentil m

  1. apocopic form of gentile

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin gentīlis, from gēns ‎(Roman clan).

Adjective[edit]

gentil m ‎(feminine gentile or gentil)

  1. noble; courteous; courtly

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese gentil, from Latin gentīlis ‎(belonging to the same family), from gēns ‎(clan; tribe), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁-.

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Adjective[edit]

gentil m, f ‎(plural gentis, comparable)

  1. gentle; amiable; kind
  2. elegant
  3. gentle; polite; respectful

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin gentīlis, from gēns ‎(Roman clan).

Adjective[edit]

gentil m, f ‎(plural gentiles)

  1. kind, nice

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Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • /ɧaŋˈtiːl/

Adjective[edit]

gentil

  1. (somewhat archaic) elegant and generous; posh, stylish; generous
    Det var en utomordentligt gentil middagsbjudning.
    "That was a most elegant dinner party."

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of gentil
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular gentil gentilare gentilast
Neuter singular gentilt gentilare gentilast
Plural gentila gentilare gentilast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 gentile gentilare gentilaste
All gentila gentilare gentilaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.