no·​blesse nō-ˈbles How to pronounce noblesse (audio)
: noble birth or condition
: the members especially of the French nobility

Examples of noblesse in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French noblesce, from noble

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of noblesse was in the 13th century

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“Noblesse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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