[ US /ˈdʒɛnəɫ, ˈdʒɛntəɫ/ ]
[ UK /d‍ʒˈɛntə‍l/ ]
  1. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
    aristocratic features
    aristocratic Bostonians
    the blue-blooded aristocracy
    patrician landholders of the American South
    blue blood
    patrician tastes
    an aristocratic family
    a blue family
    aristocratic bearing
    of gentle blood
    aristocratic government
  2. easily handled or managed
    a gentle old horse, docile and obedient
  3. quiet and soothing
    a gentle nocturne
    a gentle voice
  4. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
    poked gentle fun at him
    a vein of gentle irony
    a gentle reprimand
  5. having little impact
    a gentle breeze
    an easy pat on the shoulder
    gentle rain
    a soft (or light) tapping at the window
  6. having or showing a kindly or tender nature
    a gentle sensitive nature
    the gentle touch of her hand
    gentle blue eyes
    her gentle manner was comforting
  7. marked by moderate steepness
    a gentle slope
    an easy climb
  1. stroke soothingly
  2. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
  3. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
    She managed to mollify the angry customer
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How To Use gentle In A Sentence

  • But they have an undeniable gentleness and elephantine beauty about them, with their hanging folds of skin and ponderous outlook on life.
  • I still see Mr. Berman's portable shtender in the shul and I have to smile because I immediately see his warm gentle smile and think about how fortunate I was to have met your father.
  • The one are fellows called devilish good -- the other, fellows called devilish gentleman like. Godolphin, Complete
  • It was the policy of the good old gentlemen to make his chileren feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home---feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow. 
  • Horton looked out over a panorama of fertile valleys and gentle hills.
  • One of these gentlemen just happens to be the madwoman's father, a charming chap who seems unfazed by most things in this day and age.
  • He was a true gentleman and always had time for fans. The Sun
  • She fits in a gentle game of tennis every week.
  • The term "gentilhomme" is so liable to be confounded with "gentleman" that it needs explaining, for, despite the similarity of derivation, no two words can be more distinct. Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 097, January, 1876
  • The south slope is more gentle and ends in a marshy bay.
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