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Webster 1913 Edition


Gentil

Gen′til

,
Adj.
&
Noun.
Gentle.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Gentil

GEN'TIL

,
Noun.
A species of falcon or hawk.

Definition 2021


Gentil

Gentil

See also: gentil

Portuguese

Proper noun

Gentil

  1. Gentil (municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

gentil

gentil

See also: Gentil

French

Adjective

gentil m (feminine singular gentille, masculine plural gentils, feminine plural gentilles)

  1. kind, nice
  2. good (about children, in the sense of good boy/girl)

Usage notes

  • The first, literal sense is today in modern French either child language, or else rather derogative: the kind of "qualifier" one uses about people considered as lacking personality. It however used to be in classical French a genuine compliment about social qualities, which gave gentilhomme (gentleman).

Synonyms

Noun

gentil m (plural gentils)

  1. pagan, heretic
  2. gentile

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Italian

Adjective

gentil m

  1. apocopic form of gentile

Old French

Etymology

From Latin gentīlis, from gēns (Roman clan).

Adjective

gentil m (oblique and nominative feminine singular gentil or gentile)

  1. noble; courteous; courtly

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese gentil, from Latin gentīlis (belonging to the same family), from gēns (clan; tribe), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁-.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ʒẽ.ˈt͡ʃiw/
  • Homophone: Gentil
  • Hyphenation: gen‧til

Adjective

gentil m, f (plural gentis, comparable)

  1. gentle; amiable; kind
  2. elegant
  3. gentle; polite; respectful

Synonyms

Antonyms

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Spanish

Etymology

From Latin gentīlis, from gēns (Roman clan).

Adjective

gentil m, f (plural gentiles)

  1. kind, nice

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Swedish

Pronunciation

  • /ɧaŋˈtiːl/

Adjective

gentil

  1. (somewhat archaic) elegant and generous; posh, stylish; generous
    Det var en utomordentligt gentil middagsbjudning.
    "That was a most elegant dinner party."

Inflection

Inflection of gentil
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular gentil gentilare gentilast
Neuter singular gentilt gentilare gentilast
Plural gentila gentilare gentilast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 gentile gentilare gentilaste
All gentila gentilare gentilaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.