Definition of noble in English:

noble

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Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊb(ə)l
 
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adjective (nobler, noblest)

  • 1Belonging by rank, title, or birth to the aristocracy: the medieval palace was once owned by a noble Florentine family the Duchess of Kent and several other noble ladies
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    aristocratic, noble-born, of noble birth, titled, patrician, blue-blooded, high-born, well born
    archaic gentle, of gentle birth

noun

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  • 1(Especially in former times) a person of noble rank or birth: the greater a noble’s military power, the more land he could control the king imposed a tax on both nobles and peasants
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    aristocrat, nobleman, noblewoman, lord, lady, peer, peeress, peer of the realm, patrician, titled man/woman/person
    informal aristo
    British informal nob, rah
  • 2 historical A former English gold coin first issued in 1351.

Phrases

the noble art (or science) (of self-defence)

archaic Boxing.
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  • Is this a good one, maybe I will get a title shot for the Belgium Title, if not I'll do a last fight in July for charity and then become a trainer and teach the youngsters here in Thailand the noble art of boxing.
  • Boxing is known as the noble art of self defence and that's what Michael portrays.
  • Boxing may be called the noble art but one doesn't normally associate heavyweight boxers with an artistic pursuit.

Derivatives

nobleness

noun
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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.

nobly

adverb
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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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin (g)nobilis 'noted, high-born', from an Indo-European root shared by know.

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