Entry from British & World English dictionary
A preposition forming part of a title of the nobility (e.g. French de, German von).
- He is knighted by the King of Sweden and obtains the right to add to his name a nobiliary particle, either the Germanic ‘von Dardel’ or the French ‘de Dardel’, as he fancies.
- With the help of the nobiliary particle ‘de,’ he probably attached to his own surname of Landry the name of his property.
- Among the winners of the first round of voting, there are quite a few names with the nobiliary particles ‘bai’ and ‘bek.’
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