WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
no•bly (nō′blē),USA pronunciation adv.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- in a noble manner.
- of noble ancestry:nobly born.
- Middle English nobliche. See noble, -ly 1250–1300
no•ble /ˈnoʊbəl/USA pronunciation adj., -bler, -blest, n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- having a high rank or title, esp. of or belonging to a class with special social or political status given by birth.
- of a high moral character or excellence:It was very noble of him to accept the blame.
- grand in appearance;
magnificent:a noble mansion.
- Chemistry (of chemicals) inert;
seldom combining with other substances:[before a noun]the noble gases.
- a nobleman or noblewoman.
no•ble (nō′bəl),USA pronunciation adj., -bler, -blest, n.
- distinguished by rank or title.
- pertaining to persons so distinguished.
- of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state;
of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
- of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence;
lofty:a noble thought.
- admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition:a noble poem.
- very impressive or imposing in appearance;
magnificent:a noble monument.
- of an admirably high quality;
- Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.
- a person of noble birth or rank;
nobleman or noblewoman.
- Currency, British Termsa former gold coin of England, first issued in 1346 by Edward III, equal to half a mark or 6s. 8d., replaced in 1464 under Edward IV by the rose noble.
- British Terms(in Britain) a peer.
- Latin (g)nōbilis notable, of high rank, equivalent. to (g)nō-, base of (g)nōscere to get to know, find out (see know1) + -bilis -ble
- Old French
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged highborn, aristocratic.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honorable. Noble, high-minded, magnanimous agree in referring to lofty principles and loftiness of mind or spirit. Noble implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable:a noble deed.High-minded implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them:a high-minded pursuit of legal reforms.Magnanimous suggests greatness of mind or soul, esp. as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries:magnanimous toward his former enemies.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged grand, lordly, splendid.
- 11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged peer, aristocrat.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lowborn, base.
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