gentlehood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gentle +‎ -hood.

Noun[edit]

gentlehood (uncountable)

  1. Good breeding; the state of being of good or gentle birth
    • 1888, Walter Besant, The Inner House - Page 207:
      When we allowed gentlehood to be destroyed, gentle manners, honour, dignity, and such old virtues went too.