adjective (nobler, noblest)
- 1Belonging to a hereditary class with high social or political status; aristocratic: the Duchess of Kent and other noble ladiesMore example sentences
- She pulled a necklace that belonged to the noble family from her pocket and threw it on the ground.
- Families knew that their successful integration into the noble ranks of society rested on their lineage being recognized as worthy.
- Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was born in a noble family at Delhi on October 17, 1817.
- 2Having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals: the promotion of human rights was a noble aspirationMore example sentences
- It was a good thing that Allan had the true noble morals and the principles which prevented him from ever taking advantage of Chase's loyalty.
- This personal contact also reminds the student that he or she is part of a larger effort to mobilize the American people for noble intellectual and moral causes.
- A fine noble gentleman, honest and upright, he gained the respect of everybody.
- 2.1Of imposing or magnificent size or appearance: entering the building with its noble arches and massive granite columnsMore example sentences
- Now defiled with graffiti, this noble monument may be as much of a tribute as we'll get for a depression-era Edmonton history; perhaps it's fitting.
- We threaded through the side streets, slowing to pay respect to old grand churches and noble bungalows.
- 2.2Of excellent or superior quality.More example sentences
- But salvation is now at hand for lovers of the noble grape who previously had no option but to pour away their expensive and lovingly laid-down bottles.
- If you have been disappointed by bottles bearing such names, do not blame Reisling - it has nothing whatsoever to do with this noble grape.
- I am still yet to be convinced that Argentinian Malbec is one of the great wines of the world, or the Malbec is a truly noble grape variety.
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- 1(Especially in former times) a person of noble rank or birth.More example sentences
- She was walking her highest ranked nobles in front of her and her ladies in waiting behind.
- Since it was the day after the great ball, all the suitors and nobles with rank were still sleeping.
- The castles of the rebellious barons were razed and the nobles never challenged the duke's power again.
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- He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past.
- They have a nobleness about them that the bigger parties lack.
- So, you see, the mission of our show is to inspire nobleness and a positive way of thinking.
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- We turn the proceedings over now to Rome, where our steadfast fellow brother in arms has been carrying forth so nobly, and he'll be there right though Saturday.
- He's been carrying on nobly through all of this.
- He certainly doesn't ham it up and underplays nobly throughout, but its hard to see why such a conventional misguided scientist supporting role would have appealed to an actor of his calibre.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin (g)nobilis 'noted, highborn', from an Indo-European root shared by know.