- The definition of noble is someone who has high morals and ideals or people who are royalty or who have good breeding.
- An example of noble is a person who is always honest and charitable.
- An example of noble is a king.
- having eminence, renown, fame, etc.; illustrious
- having or showing high moral qualities or ideals, or greatness of character; lofty
- having excellent qualities; superior
- grand; stately; splendid; magnificent: a noble view
- of high hereditary rank or title; aristocratic
- chemically nonreactive, esp. with acids and air; precious; pure: said of metals, esp. gold, platinum, etc.; also said of any of the six inert, or nearly inert, rare gases in group VIIIA of the periodic table
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin nobilis, literally , well-known from base of (g)noscere, to know
- a person having hereditary rank or title; nobleman; peer
- a former gold coin of England
- nobleness noun
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adjective no·bler, no·blest
- Possessing hereditary rank in a political system or social class derived from a feudalistic stage of a country's development.
- a. Having or showing qualities of high moral character, such as courage, generosity, or honor: a noble spirit.b. Proceeding from or indicative of such a character; showing magnanimity: “What poor an instrument/May do a noble deed!” (Shakespeare).
- Grand and stately in appearance; majestic: “a mighty Spanish chestnut, bare now of leaves, but in summer a noble tree” (Richard Jeffries).
- Chemistry Inactive or inert.
- A member of the nobility.
- A gold coin formerly used in England, worth half of a mark.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nōbilis; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
- noˈble·ness noun
- noˈbly adverb