nobility

noun
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

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Examples of nobility in a Sentence

the nobility of his character They have shown great courage and nobility of purpose.

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Chanel even hired Russian nobility to work for her, taking a prince as a private secretary and convincing Dmitri’s sister, the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, to open an embroidery workshop named Kitmir, thus securing an exclusive supply. Vogue, "Chanel’s New High Jewelry Collection Is an Ode to Coco’s Liaison With Russia’s Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich," 27 June 2019 Born into nobility, Shirane devoted her life to connecting Texas to Japan and vice versa. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Trip overseas helps widen teens' world," 18 June 2019 This may not reflect justices’ nobility and open-mindedness as much as reflect an enduring truth about their job: The court’s traditional review of cases is actually very narrowly constrained. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The latest US Supreme Court rulings are blowing up pundits’ predictions," 15 June 2019 His father’s side was Danish; his mother, whose name was Bülow, had distant German nobility. The Economist, "Obituary: Claus von Bülow died on May 25th," 15 June 2019 His pupils were often the children of the nobility, including the cultured von Breuning family. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 Available exclusively at Walmart, CoverGirl's new palettes include four different tributes to nobility: Ascension, Overthrown, Reign, and Revolution. Marci Robin, Allure, "CoverGirl’s New Royalty-Inspired Eye Shadow Palettes Are Giving Us Game of Thrones Vibes," 26 Apr. 2019 Fabergé, the jewelry house known for its colorful eggs, was also the crown jeweler to the Romanovs and to other Russian nobility. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Two Rare Fabergé Tiaras With Ties to the Russian Royal Family Are Up for Auction," 10 Apr. 2019 By James Pope-Hennessy, edited by Hugo Vickers Hodder & Stoughton, 335 pages, $32.99 The nobility, Pope-Hennessy observes, are self-absorbed and have short attention spans. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘The Quest for Queen Mary’ Review: Mum’s the Word," 10 Feb. 2019

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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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nobility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nobility

: the quality or state of being noble in character or quality
: the group of people who are members of the highest social class in some countries

nobility

noun
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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