noun (plural nobilities)[mass noun]
- 1The quality of being noble in character: a man of nobility and learningMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2The quality of belonging to the aristocracy: after 1722 nobility was only acquired by service in the army or bureaucracyMore example sentences
- In Russia the equation of nobility and service was quite explicit: after 1722 nobility was only acquired by service in the army or bureaucracy.
- The great ministerial dynasties, and many of the most dynamic servants of the Bourbon monarchy, acquired nobility through the purchase of office.
- In France noble privileges were all swept away in 1789 and hereditary nobility itself was abolished in 1790.
- 2.1 (usually the nobility) The group of people belonging to the highest social class in a country; the aristocracy: a member of the English nobilityMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French nobilite or Latin nobilitas, from nobilis 'noted, high-born' (see noble).