1. Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
  2. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
  3. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
  4. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
  5. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .


  1. One well born; a gentleman.
  2. A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
  3. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.

v. t.

  1. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
  2. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
  3. To make kind and docile, as a horse.