Definition of nobilitate in English:


Line breaks: no¦bili|tate
Pronunciation: /nə(ʊ)ˈbɪlɪteɪt


[with object] archaic , rare
Give (someone) a noble rank or title; ennoble: the frequent nobilitating of rich commoners
More example sentences
  • I affirmed I would write to her Highness to nobilitate him with title of higher honour and dignity.
  • He might overpower his opposites in the House of Peers, by nobilitating his natural children, or creating noblemen whom he pleased.
  • The only way to be nobilitated was through valour in the battlefield, and not through other merits.


early 16th century: from Latin nobilitat-, from nobilitare 'to raise in rank': see -ate3.

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