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

Definition of highborn

: of noble birth

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skeptics have argued that these dramatic masterpieces must have been written by someone more highborn than one William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon

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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 The term originated during the 1969 New York mayoral campaign, when the Democratic candidate Mario Procaccino charged the highborn Liberal Party incumbent John Lindsay, formerly a Republican, with acts unbecoming to his social class. Beverly Gage, New York Times, "THE LIMOUSINE LIBERAL," 26 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of highborn

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of highborn

formal : born into a family with very high social status

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