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1noble

adjective no·ble \ˈnō-bəl\

: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)

: of, relating to, or belonging to the highest social class : of, relating to, or belonging to the nobility

: impressive in size or appearance

no·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ no·blest \-b(ə-)ləst\

Full Definition of NOBLE

1
a :  possessing outstanding qualities :  illustrious
b :  famous, notable <noble deeds>
2
:  of high birth or exalted rank :  aristocratic
3
a :  possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties <noble wine>
b :  very good or excellent
4
:  grand or impressive especially in appearance <noble edifice>
5
:  possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals :  lofty <a noble ambition>
6
:  chemically inert or inactive especially toward oxygen <a noble metal such as platinum> — compare base 6a
no·ble·ness \-bəl-nəs\ noun
no·bly \-blē also -bə-lē\ adverb

Examples of NOBLE

  1. He was a man of noble character.
  2. It was noble of her to come forward with this information.

Origin of NOBLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin nobilis well-known, noble, from noscere to come to know — more at know
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of NOBLE

moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. moral implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong <the basic moral values of a community>. ethical may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity <committed to the highest ethical principles>. virtuous implies moral excellence in character <not a religious person, but virtuous nevertheless>. righteous stresses guiltlessness or blamelessness and often suggests the sanctimonious <wished to be righteous before God and the world>. noble implies moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean, or dubious in conduct and character <had the noblest of reasons for seeking office>.

Rhymes with NOBLE

2noble

noun

: a person who is a member of the nobility

Full Definition of NOBLE

1
:  a person of noble rank or birth
2
:  an old English gold coin equivalent to 6s 8d

Examples of NOBLE

  1. <an elite school for children of nobles>

First Known Use of NOBLE

14th century

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NOBLE[1] Defined for Kids

1noble

adjective no·ble \ˈnō-bəl\
no·blerno·blest

Definition of NOBLE for Kids

1
:  having or showing very fine or admirable qualities <a noble deed> <He was a noble person of courage and honesty.>
2
:  of very high birth or rank <a noble lady>
3
:  grand in appearance <a noble cathedral>
no·ble·ness noun
no·bly \-blē\ adverb

2noble

noun

Definition of NOBLE for Kids

:  a person of high birth or rank

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