noun no·bil·i·ty \nō-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: the quality or state of being noble in character or quality

the nobility : the group of people who are members of the highest social class in some countries

Full Definition of NOBILITY

:  the quality or state of being noble in character, quality, or rank
:  the body of persons forming the noble class in a country or state :  aristocracy

Examples of NOBILITY

  1. the nobility of his character
  2. They have shown great courage and nobility of purpose.

Origin of NOBILITY

Middle English nobilite, from Anglo-French nobilité, from Latin nobilitat-, nobilitas, from nobilis
First Known Use: 14th century


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