gentle etymology

English word gentle comes from Latin gens, Latin -ilem, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) gentil (Noble; courteous; courtly.)

Detailed word origin of gentle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
gens Latin (lat) Roman clan, related by birth or marriage and sharing a common name. The chief gods. Tribe; people, family.
-ilem Latin (lat)
gentilis Latin (lat) A heathen, pagan (poetic) foreign, exotic. Of or belonging to the same family or gēns. Of or belonging to the same people or nation. Of slaves who bore the same name as their master.
gentil Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Noble; courteous; courtly.
gentil Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
gentle English (eng) (archaic) Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.. Docile and easily managed.. Gradual rather than steep or sudden.. Polite and respectful rather than rude.. Soft and mild rather than hard or severe.. Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition. (archaic) A maggot used as bait by anglers (Can we add an example for this sense?). (archaic) A person of [...]

Words with the same origin as gentle

Descendants of gens
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