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gentlefolks pl (plural only)

  1. (nonstandard) gentlefolk
    • 1827, Various, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10,[1]:
      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.[2]:
      "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[3]:
      Thou mindest me of gentlefolks,-- Old gentlefolks are they,-- Thou say'st an undisputed thing In such a solemn way.