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 of nobility from the Web
The Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, Austria In the 19th century, wealthy citizens joined nobility at the seat of the Habsburgs to build mansions in Vienna, four of which were merged to make The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna.
In Portugal, nineteenth-century nobility trekked twenty slow miles into the hills near Lisbon to the fairytale Palace of Queluz in Sintra when temperatures sky-rocketed.
The doctrine's authority flows from the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments, and the vesting, posterity and nobility clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
So did Rome’s emperors, barbarians and clerical nobility.
No exemption is to be given to a nobleman because of his nobility, or to a wealthy man in regard to his wealth.
The niece of Lord Capulet (Anthony Head), Rosaline once led a privileged life of nobility.
But the show is a welcome challenge to some of society's notions about European nobility.
That means even the accidental nobility of Connie and the subdued note of sentiment in the conclusion feel honest and quite affecting.
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Origin and Etymology of nobility
Middle English nobilite, from Anglo-French nobilité, from Latin nobilitat-, nobilitas, from nobilis
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
NOBILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nobility for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being noble in character or quality
the nobility : the group of people who are members of the highest social class in some countries
NOBILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of nobility for Students
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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