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noble

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adjective no·ble \ˈnō-bəl\

Simple Definition of noble

  • : 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

Full Definition of noble

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

  1. 1 a :  possessing outstanding qualities :  illustrious b :  famous, notable <noble deeds>

  2. 2 :  of high birth or exalted rank :  aristocratic

  3. 3 a :  possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties <noble wine> b :  very good or excellent

  4. 4 :  grand or impressive especially in appearance <noble edifice>

  5. 5 :  possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals :  lofty <a noble ambition>

  6. 6 :  chemically inert or inactive especially toward oxygen <a noble metal such as platinum> — compare base 6a

no·ble·ness play \-bəl-nəs\ noun
no·bly play \-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


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noble

noun no·ble

Simple Definition of noble

  • : a person who is a member of the nobility

Full Definition of noble

  1. 1 :  a person of noble rank or birth

  2. 2 :  an old English gold coin equivalent to 6s 8d

Examples of noble

  1. <an elite school for children of nobles>



14th Century

First Known Use of noble

14th century



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