Origin of noblesse obligeFr, literally , nobility obliges
noblesse obligenoblesse o·blige
Origin of noblesse obligeFrench nobility is an obligation noblesse nobility oblige third person sing. present tense of obliger to obligate
- The Oxford English Dictionary says that the term "suggests noble ancestry constrains to honourable behavior; privilege entails to responsibility." Being a noble meant that you had responsibilities to lead, manage, etc. You were not to simply spend your time in idle pursuits.