noble

adjective
no·​ble | \ ˈnō-bəl \
nobler\ ˈnō-​b(ə-​)lər \; noblest\ ˈnō-​b(ə-​)ləst \

Definition of noble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : possessing outstanding qualities : illustrious was a noble king
b : famous, notable noble deeds
2 : of high birth or exalted rank : aristocratic … my sire is of a noble line …— Samuel Taylor Coleridge noble families
3a : possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties noble wine
b : very good or excellent See that there be a noble supper provided …— R. B. Sheridan
4 : grand or impressive especially in appearance noble edifice a noble cathedral
5 : possessing, characterized by, or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals : lofty a noble ambition a noble cause
6 : chemically inert or inactive especially toward oxygen a noble metal such as platinum — compare base sense 6a

noble

noun

Definition of noble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of noble rank or birth
2 : an old English gold coin equivalent to 6s 8d

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Other Words from noble

Adjective

nobleness \ ˈnō-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
nobly \ ˈnō-​blē also  -​bə-​lē \ adverb

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Adjective

moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. moral implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong. the basic moral values of a community ethical may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity. committed to the highest ethical principles virtuous implies moral excellence in character. not a religious person, but virtuous nevertheless righteous stresses guiltlessness or blamelessness and often suggests the sanctimonious. wished to be righteous before God and the world noble implies moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean, or dubious in conduct and character. had the noblest of reasons for seeking office

Examples of noble in a Sentence

Adjective

He was a man of noble character. It was noble of her to come forward with this information.

Noun

an elite school for children of nobles
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Argiano Constructed in the 16th century for the noble Pecci family, this winery has been producing wines for over 400 years. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 The name Arthur means noble and courageous, according to Babble, perhaps due to the legend of the ancient British king of the same name. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Son's Name Was Reportedly Revealed and It Sounds So Royal," 12 Nov. 2018 Others agree that women's rights are a noble cause, but that men's rights aren't given the same consideration. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Raising awareness about cyber-bullying is a noble cause, but this collection—and its rollout—unfortunately detracted from the issue. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Online Retailer Revolve Removes Sweatshirts From Its Website After Accusations of Fat-Shaming," 12 Sep. 2018 Europe is considering doing it over the far less noble cause of enforcing copyright. Sarah Jeong, The Verge, "A new EU copyright bill forces filtering across the internet," 19 June 2018 Next up is the auction where the real money comes out to play, with bids for rare artwork, exotic holidays and exclusive event packages fetching bids of over $58,000 for the noble cause of Jackie Stewart's Race Against Dementia foundation. Massimo Marioni, CNN, "Monaco Grand Prix weekend: How the rich and famous spend it," 30 May 2018 Raise Up members argue a sales-tax cut would hurt noble causes such as schools and public safety; a billion dollars isn’t chump change. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. retailers tout economic gains as selling point for cutting the sales tax," 24 May 2018 Following her support for March for Our Lives, Taylor Swift has made another donation to a noble cause. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Thanked by RAINN for Donation During Sexual Assault Awareness Month," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From time out of mind, human societies had organized as hierarchies—pyramids with kings at the top, nobles in the middle, and commoners on the bottom. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America Was Always an Exceptional Nation, but Is It Still?," 23 Nov. 2018 Even without relying on the typical nobles, kings and Catholic Church as patrons, Dutch artists still did just fine. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 Several frolicsome paintings, in a gallery papered with velvety purple wallpaper and devoted to amorous pursuits, exult in the erotic lives of gods and nobles. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 On January 19, 1348, Charles of Durazzo and Robert of Taranto led a procession of turncoat Neapolitan nobles into Aversa, just north of Naples, to greet their conquerors. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Gibbons were often pets for nobles, the magazine says. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Extinct gibbon discovered in an ancient tomb. It might have been a pet.," 21 June 2018 That includes items such as armbands, necklaces, earrings, and nose plugs worn by Aztec rulers, priests, and nobles. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study rethinks pre-Columbian turquoise trade," 14 June 2018 Edward III, having toppled the pair and asserted his own royal authority at age 17, sought to bind his nobles to him through the camaraderie of war, waged first against Scotland and, later, against the mightier realm of France. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The Black Prince’ Review: When Knighthood Was in Flower," 6 June 2018 In the crypt, the child’s coffin rests near dozens of other wooden burial boxes, some of which held the bodies of Aragonese princes and Neapolitan nobles. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "A Mummified Child’s Remains Show Signs of a Modern Scourge," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of noble

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noble

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin nobilis well-known, noble, from noscere to come to know — more at know

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noble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of noble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire (such as honesty, generosity, courage, etc.)

: of, relating to, or belonging to the highest social class : of, relating to, or belonging to the nobility

: impressive in size or appearance

noble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of noble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is a member of the nobility

noble

adjective
no·​ble | \ ˈnō-bəl \
nobler; noblest

Kids Definition of noble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having or showing very fine or admirable qualities a noble deed He was a noble person of courage and honesty.
2 : of very high birth or rank a noble lady
3 : grand in appearance a noble cathedral

Other Words from noble

nobleness noun
nobly \ -​blē \ adverb

noble

noun

Kids Definition of noble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person of high birth or rank

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