no·​bil·​i·​ty | \ nō-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce nobility (audio) \

Definition of nobility

1 : the quality or state of being noble in character, quality, or rank
2 : the body of persons forming the noble class in a country or state : aristocracy

Examples of nobility in a Sentence

the nobility of his character They have shown great courage and nobility of purpose.
Recent Examples on the Web Like Curthose before him, the generous and chivalrous Stephen lacked the ruthlessness that had enabled Henry I to impose his iron will upon a fickle and self-seeking nobility. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 When the character Captain Britain was first created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe in 1976, the role was filled by Brian Braddock — a son of the nobility who was infused with mystical powers by the ancient wizard Merlin. Christian Holub,, 21 July 2022 The famed Jedi Council was revealed to be not some bastion of wisdom and nobility and truth, but flawed, even corrupt: perfectly capable of manipulation and deceit. Wired, 14 July 2022 To this day, Spain’s royals and nobility still collect the brand’s wares. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 June 2022 Prince Salim and Anarkali’s love, forbidden by taboos of nobility and class, comes to a tragic end when Akbar orders Anarkali to be buried alive. Mansi Choksi, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Show creator and head writer Steven Knight wanted to showcase working-class people, rather than royalty and nobility—something that's rare in British period pieces. Janaya Wecker, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 Detailed records plotted the lives of royalty, nobility, and important religious figures, but there are relatively few primary sources that describe the day-to-day existences of regular working stiffs. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 Exhibiting more weary nobility, Domińczyk and Harvey have some of the show’s best banter and little notes of humor that otherwise feel lacking in certain spots. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nobility

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nobility

Middle English nobilite, from Anglo-French nobilité, from Latin nobilitat-, nobilitas, from nobilis

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17 Aug 2022

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“Nobility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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no·​bil·​i·​ty | \ nō-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce nobility (audio) \
plural nobilities

Kids Definition of nobility

1 : the quality or state of having a fine or admirable character
2 : high social rank
3 : the class or a group of people of high birth or rank

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