ETYM Latin gentilitas the relationship of those who belong to the same clan, also, heathenism: cf. French gentilité heathenism. Related to Gentile.
1. Good extraction; dignity of birth.
2. The quality or qualities appropriate to those who are well born, as self-respect, dignity, courage, courtesy, politeness of manner, a graceful and easy mien and behavior, etc.; good breeding.
3. The class in society who are, or are expected to be, genteel; the nobility.
breeding · genteelness