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noble

adjective no·ble \ ˈnō-bəl \

Definition of noble

nobler play \ˈnō-b(ə-)lər\; noblest play \ˈnō-b(ə-)ləst\
1 a :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
3 a :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 6a

nobleness

play \ˈnō-bəl-nəs\ noun

nobly

play \ˈnō-blē also -bə-lē\ adverb

Examples of noble in a Sentence

  1. He was a man of noble character.

  2. It was noble of her to come forward with this information.

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Origin and Etymology of noble

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

Synonym Discussion of noble

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

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noble

noun

Definition of noble

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

Examples of noble in a Sentence

  1. an elite school for children of nobles

Recent Examples of noble from the Web

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First Known Use of noble

14th century


NOBLE Defined for English Language Learners

noble

adjective

Definition of noble for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of noble for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is a member of the nobility


NOBLE Defined for Kids

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noble

adjective no·ble \ ˈnō-bəl \

Definition of noble for Students

nobler; noblest
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

nobleness

noun

nobly

\-blē\ adverb

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noble

noun

Definition of noble for Students

:a person of high birth or rank


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