- 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.
Elizabeth I was a noble.
- 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 of nobleOld French ; 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
- 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 of nobleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin nōbilis; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more noble, superlative most noble)
- Having honorable qualities; having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in conduct and character.
- He made a noble effort.
- He is a noble man who would never put his family in jeopardy.
- Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid.
- a noble edifice
- Of exalted rank; of or relating to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn.
- noble blood; a noble personage
From Middle English noble, from Old French noble, from Latin nobilis (“knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”), from noscere, gnoscere (“to know”). Replaced native Middle English athel (“noble”) (from Old English æþele) and Middle English hathel, hathelle (“noble, nobleman”) (from the merger of Old English æþele (“nobleman”) and Old English hæleþ (“hero”)).