noble

adjective
no·​ble | \ ˈnō-bəl How to pronounce noble (audio) \
nobler\ ˈnō-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce nobler (audio) \; noblest\ ˈnō-​b(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce noblest (audio) \

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 entry 3 sense 2a

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 How to pronounce nobleness (audio) \ noun
nobly \ ˈnō-​blē How to pronounce nobly (audio) 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

Never mind, as the show’s catalogue points out, that the actual Quentin was a Roman noble captured and tortured by Roman authorities in the early 4th century. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 But Apple's case doesn't rely solely on its claim that Corellium's goals are less than noble. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple sues company that sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license," 16 Aug. 2019 College football was seen as a worthy and noble enterprise: amateurs playing for school pride. Ralph D. Russo, courant.com, "How college football became the pipeline to the NFL," 11 Aug. 2019 These beautiful and noble creatures suffer painful and shocking injuries and death due to the racing industry’s lust for revenue and power. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Due to the racing industry’s lust for money, horses suffer," 5 July 2019 Catholicism teaches a lot of important and noble values, but the institution has really acted in ways contradicting those values. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to fight legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse," 5 June 2019 But what if there is scant succor to be had, and our true natures are not noble but necrotic, pestilential? Constance Grady, Vox, "Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition," 17 Nov. 2018 These days, the American public square is less than noble. Christopher Demuth Sr., National Review, "Repairing Our Fractured Politics," 11 Jan. 2018 By answering some common questions, this step-by-step guide will take you through the more noble goal of avoiding the debates altogether. Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz, "How to not watch the second 2020 Democratic primary debates," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That allowed the hard-up nobles to issue, in 1770, the first Pfandbrief: a tradable bond, secured on individual properties and the assets of the whole Landschaft. The Economist, "The Pfandbrief, a fixture of German finance, turns 250," 29 Aug. 2019 Portraits of Mughal rulers, or of nobles cavorting, can be lovely. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’; Beck Takes the Stage in Queens," 10 Aug. 2019 Many nobles who had fought against Russia went into exile, waiting for an opportunity to resume the struggle against Catherine. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 Although God and nobles were summarily banished, French food was mercifully not. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 Hate shows itself as the nobles travel with a band of Crows; the law-enforcement organization known as the Hawks are often involved in horrific attacks. Caroline Tew, EW.com, "EW talks YA: One of our favorite teen tales of the year takes July's top spot," 2 Aug. 2019 As the nobles once dined in splendor, their tombs lay in splendor. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dijon’s Masterpiece of a Museum, Brilliantly Renovated," 20 July 2019 Historically, Rasputin was a mystic who gained considerable influence in the court of Tsar Nicholas II, only to be assassinated by a conspiring group of nobles in 1916. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lawrence of Arabia takes on Rasputin in first trailer for The King’s Man," 15 July 2019 For all Charles’s vast dominion, the claims of nobles and provincial assemblies, derived from feudal law, curbed his power and forced him at times to negotiate with his subjects for their aid. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Emperor’ Review: A Sovereign on the Move," 21 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce noble (audio) \
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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