Definition of nobility in English:


Syllabification: no·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /nōˈbilitē

noun (plural nobilities)

  • 1The quality of being noble in character, mind, birth, or rank.
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    • Such a limitation requires a strong breed of man, however, with a quality of character and nobility of soul.
    • The basic premise of the story is that noble birth doesn't guarantee a noble person and nobility can be present in the most humble peasant.
    • Yes, let's take the classics and teach about nobility, honor, character, courage, commitment.
    virtue, goodness, honor, decency, integrity; magnanimity, generosity, selflessness
  • 2 (usually the nobility) The group of people belonging to the noble class in a country, especially those with a hereditary or honorary title: a member of the English nobility
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    • Around this castle were the smaller houses of lesser nobility and the members of court.
    • Instead, they were answerable to a complex of hereditary or franchise jurisdictions in the hands of the feudal nobility.
    • The night of 4 August also transformed the character of the French nobility.
    aristocracy, aristocrats, peerage, peers (of the realm), lords, nobles, noblemen, noblewomen, patricians
    informal aristos


late Middle English: from Old French nobilite or Latin nobilitas, from nobilis 'noted, highborn' (see noble).

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