no·​bil·​i·​ty nō-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce nobility (audio)
: the quality or state of being noble in character, quality, or rank
: 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nobility was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nobility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


no·​bil·​i·​ty nō-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce nobility (audio)
plural nobilities
: the quality or state of being noble
nobility of character
: the body of persons forming the noble class in a country or state
a member of the nobility

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