no·​blesse | \ nō-ˈbles How to pronounce noblesse (audio) \

Definition of noblesse

1 : noble birth or condition
2 : the members especially of the French nobility

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Recent Examples on the Web Admitting the fact of noblesse might help encourage the ideal of oblige. Samuel Goldman, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of noblesse

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noblesse

Middle English, from Anglo-French noblesce, from noble

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“Noblesse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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