FUN FACT

Gentry or high-born noble denotes well-born and well-bred people of high social class, especially in the past. Gentry, in its widest connotation, refers to people of good social position connected to landed estates, upper levels of the clergy, and ‘gentle’ families of long descent who never obtained the official right to bear a coat of arms. In England, the term often refers to the social class of the landed aristocracy or to the minor aristocracy whose income derives from their large landholdings. The idea of gentry in the continental sense of ‘noblesse’ is extinct in common parlance in England, despite the efforts to revive it.

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