1. [syn: civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Genteel \Gen*teel"\, a. [F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful. See
1. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded
as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from
vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a
refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as,
genteel company, manners, address.
2. Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or
manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law.
3. Suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live
in a genteel allowance.
Syn: Polite; well-bred; refined; polished.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized,
civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
132 Moby Thesaurus words for "genteel":
Victorian, affected, appropriate, aristocratic, artificial,
becoming, blue-blooded, braw, cavalier, chic, chivalrous, civil,
classy, clothes-conscious, confined, cosmopolitan, county,
courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, dapper, dashing,
debonair, decent, decorous, distingue, dressed to advantage,
dressed to kill, ducal, elegant, exalted, exquisite, fashionable,
felicitous, fitting, formal, gentle, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly,
graceful, gracious, happy, high, high-class, highbred, insular,
intolerant, jaunty, kinglike, kingly, knightly, la-di-da, ladylike,
mannered, mannerly, meet, mincing, narrow, natty, neat, nifty,
nobby, noble, of gentle blood, of rank, overdone, parochial,
patrician, polished, polite, pompous, posh, pretentious, prig,
priggish, princelike, princely, prissy, proper, provincial,
prudish, puritanical, putting on airs, queenlike, queenly,
quite the lady, recherche, refined, respectable, right, ritzy,
royal, seemly, sharp, silk-stocking, sleek, smart, smug, snazzy,
soigne, soignee, sophisticated, spiffy, spruce, stilted,
straitlaced, stuffy, style-conscious, stylish, suave, suitable,
swank, swanky, swell, thoroughbred, titled, tony, too-too, tricksy,
trig, trim, uncharitable, unnatural, upper crust, urbane,
well-behaved, well-bred, well-brought-up, well-dressed,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
GENTEEL, adj. Refined, after the fashion of a gent.
Observe with care, my son, the distinction I reveal:
A gentleman is gentle and a gent genteel.
Heed not the definitions your "Unabridged" presents,
For dictionary makers are generally gents.