gentile etymology

Italian word gentile comes from Latin gens, Latin -ilem

Detailed word origin of gentile

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.
gentile Italian (ita) Gentle. Kind, courteous. Lovely Gentile.

Words with the same origin as gentile

Descendants of gens
gente