high·​born | \ ˈhī-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce highborn (audio) \

Definition of highborn

: of noble birth

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Examples of highborn in a Sentence

skeptics have argued that these dramatic masterpieces must have been written by someone more highborn than one William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon
Recent Examples on the Web Nannette, with her plain, angular face and hawklike eyes, wasn’t beautiful or highborn. Patricia Morrisroe, New York Times, "The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos," 6 Nov. 2020 Live, Love, Laugh, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex AVAILABLE ITEMS PRINCELY AF sweatshirt (£80): Sharpie on a Champion-brand hooded sweatshirt—the perfect blend of highborn-lowbrow! Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Introducing Meghan and Harry’s Etsy Shop," 15 Jan. 2020 Modern Jerusalem was spared Disneyfication, first by the highborn culture of British colonialism, with its awe for the city’s antique past, and next by Jordanian paralysis, which froze the Old City as if in amber. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City," 13 Sep. 2019 One is a seedy refuge in Pigalle, with rat droppings on the floor and a lone bullet, left in a drawer; another is a château in the countryside, with snow on the ground and a highborn family in residence. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Hour of Reckoning Descends in “Mr. Klein”," 30 Aug. 2019 His highborn friends—including the funny Menenius Agrippa, played by Teagle F. Bougere, who makes Elizabethan English sound easy-peasy, the smoothest conversation—try to coax him out of war mode and into the hearts of the people. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Endgames in “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Coriolanus”," 12 Aug. 2019 And lucky for Arthur, Mera feels the same way, giving up her highborn birthright to marry ornery Orm, and choosing instead to travel with Arthur to the Sahara Desert and Sicily to find clues regarding the whereabouts of the super trident. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 That a hotheaded, highborn Southerner killed a working man confirmed Northern fears about the intemperate behavior of Southern defenders of slavery, according to Gugliotta. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "A hungry congressman didn’t get the breakfast he ordered. So he shot the waiter.," 23 June 2018 The dispute, no highborn version of a Thanksgiving dinner argument, involves divestment of ExxonMobil stock, lawsuits, and accusations of conspiracy by ExxonMobil against two family funds. Ben Ryder Howe, Town & Country, "How a Generational Divide is Changing the Way the Richest Families Give Away Their Fortune," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of highborn

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Highborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highborn. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of highborn

formal : born into a family with very high social status

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