no·​ble·​wom·​an | \ˈnō-bəl-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of noblewoman 

: a woman of noble rank : peeress

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Synonyms for noblewoman


dame, gentlewoman, lady, milady, peeress

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traditionally, noblewomen—whether they are titled or not—have served as great patronesses of the arts

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Nuns’ habits, conquistadors’ helmets, and noblewomen’s headdresses are fashioned from toilet paper, soda cans, Bubble Wrap, and plastic bags. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Learn about the lives and crimes of both well-known, modern murderers like Ted Bundy as well as late lesser-known criminals like 16th-century killer and Hungarian noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "10 Best Crime Podcasts," 30 Aug. 2018 The Manchu, for instance, did not practice foot-binding, a custom that turned Han noblewomen into virtual cripples. Susan Delson, WSJ, "At Museums, a Vanished Chinese Realm of Female Power," 20 July 2018 The unfortunate ape was buried with a noblewoman believed to be Lady Xia, the grandmother of Qin Shi Huang, the first Chinese emperor, who ruled from 259 to 210 BCE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 This sandwich-and-scone combo was invented by a peckish noblewoman tired of waiting for Queen Victoria at supper. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 3 Mar. 2018 But humans preserved the remains of at least one gibbon for posterity by burying it in the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman 2,300 years ago during China’s Warring States Period. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 The publication says the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman contained the skull and jaw of gibbon unlike any species previously known. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Extinct gibbon discovered in an ancient tomb. It might have been a pet.," 21 June 2018 The terrace was filled with twisted tree boles and huge roots serving as sculptures, but also with Chinese antiques and screens, giving it the ambience at once of a tribal dwelling and a wealthy noblewoman’s summer villa from a bygone age. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "The Hidden Power of Orchids," 14 Apr. 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noblewoman

: a woman who is a member of the nobility


no·​ble·​wom·​an | \ˈnō-bəl-ˌwu̇-mən \
plural noblewomen\-​ˌwi-​mən \

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: a woman of high birth or rank

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