One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a person: refined in manners or judgement, cultured, cultivated; (of language, etc.) polished, elegant.
A person refined in manners or judgement; (with the and plural concord) refined people as a class; (with the) that which is refined.
Mid 19th century. From French raffiné (adjective) refined, cultured, cultivated, (noun) person refined in manners or judgement, uses as adjective and noun respectively of past participle of raffiner to refine.
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