- UK [dʒenˈtiːl] / US [dʒenˈtɪl]
1)a) typical of polite well-educated people belonging to a high social class who have strict moral standards and are easily shocked by anything rude
genteel mannersb) lived in by rich polite people and not very lively, exciting, or modern
a genteel seaside town2) trying to appear as if you are genteel
English dictionary. 2014.