Definition of nobility in English:

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Pronunciation: /nōˈbilədē/

noun (plural nobilities)

1The quality of being noble in character, mind, birth, or rank.
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.
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
More 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.
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).

Words that rhyme with nobility

ability, agility, civility, debility, docility, edibility, facility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, liability, mobility, nihility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, virility, volatility

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Syllabification: no·bil·i·ty

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