Nobility is a group of people of high rank, or a person having a high level of character or morals.
An example of nobility is someone with a title of duke in England.
- the quality or state of being noble
- high station or rank in society, esp. when accompanied by a title
- the class of people of noble rank or having hereditary titles: usually limited in Great Britain to the peerage: usually with the
Origin of nobilityMiddle English nobilite ; from Old French nobilité ; from Classical Latin nobilitas
- A class of persons distinguished by high birth or rank and in Great Britain including dukes and duchesses, marquises and marchionesses, earls and countesses, viscounts and viscountesses, and barons and baronesses: “The old English nobility of office made way for the Norman nobility of faith and landed wealth” (Winston S. Churchill).
- Noble rank or status: Congress may not grant titles of nobility.
- The state or quality of being exalted in character.
Origin of nobilityMiddle English nobilite, the quality of being noble, from Old French, from Latin n&omacron;bilitas, from n&omacron;bilis, noble; see noble.