en·​no·​ble | \ i-ˈnō-bəl How to pronounce ennoble (audio) , e-ˈnō- \
ennobled; ennobling\ i-​ˈnō-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ennoble (audio) , e-​ˈnō-​ \

Definition of ennoble

transitive verb

1 : to make noble : elevate seemed ennobled by suffering
2 : to raise to the rank of nobility

Other Words from ennoble

ennoblement \ i-​ˈnō-​bəl-​mənt How to pronounce ennoble (audio) , e-​ˈnō-​ \ noun

Examples of ennoble in a Sentence

a life ennobled by suffering Her skill and talent ennoble her profession. He was ennobled by the queen.
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Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, the religious elements in Crossroads work to ennoble the minutiae that Franzen embraces at last. Becca Rothfeld, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2021 Donald Trump did not heroically take up the cross of COVID-19 in order to ennoble or inspire the masses to reclaim their lives. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, 5 Oct. 2020 Ruin is ennobled without being prettified, aestheticized, pushed into the mental distance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020 The parasocial nature of fan-artist bonds, in which followers invest one-sided emotional energy into the relationship, ennobles celebrities’ words. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 24 Apr. 2020 As Cromwell has grown in the public’s esteem, so has Mantel; in 2014, she was ennobled by the Queen who now sits on Henry’s throne, entitled to call herself Dame Hilary. Dan Stewart, Time, 6 Mar. 2020 On a beautiful afternoon last September, Fiennes drove me from his house to the grounds of Holkham Hall, which was built by the Coke family, who were ennobled as the Earls of Leicester by King George II, in 1744. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020 For a concerto is supposed to be a grand affair, an individual instrument ennobled by a major orchestra. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 5 Sep. 2019 Chocolate cake ennobled with hazelnuts and chocolate ganache is a bar raiser — and a welcome sight during a midnight refrigerator raid. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of ennoble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ennoble

Middle English ennobelen, from Middle French ennoblir, from Old French, from en- + noble noble

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“Ennoble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ennoble. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ennoble

: to make (someone or something) better or more worthy of admiration
: to make (someone) a member of the nobility

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