transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to raise to the rank of nobleman
- to give a noble quality to; dignify
Origin of ennobleMiddle English ennoblen (only in past participle ) from Old French ennoblir: see en- and noble
transitive verben·no·bled, en·no·bling, en·no·bles
- To make noble: “that chastity of honor … which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil” ( Edmund Burke )
- To confer nobility upon: ennoble a prime minister for distinguished service.
Origin of ennobleMiddle English ennoblen from Old French ennoblir en- causative pref. ; see en- 1. noble noble ; see noble .
(third-person singular simple present ennobles, present participle ennobling, simple past and past participle ennobled)
Middle English ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir.