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

a :  possessing outstanding qualities :  illustrious
b :  famous, notable <noble deeds>
:  of high birth or exalted rank :  aristocratic
a :  possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties <noble wine>
b :  very good or excellent
:  grand or impressive especially in appearance <noble edifice>
:  possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals :  lofty <a noble ambition>
:  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

Rhymes with NOBLE



: a person who is a member of the nobility

Full Definition of NOBLE

:  a person of noble rank or birth
:  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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