noblesse

noun

no·​blesse nō-ˈbles How to pronounce noblesse (audio)
1
: noble birth or condition
2
: the members especially of the French nobility

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Noblesse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noblesse. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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