no·​ble·​wom·​an | \ ˈnō-bəl-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce noblewoman (audio) \

Definition of noblewoman

: a woman of noble rank : peeress

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traditionally, noblewomen—whether they are titled or not—have served as great patronesses of the arts
Recent Examples on the Web Just prior to Catherine arriving in Russia, Marial was actually a noblewoman and member of the court herself. Rachel Paige,, "Is Catherine’s Handmaiden From The Great A Real Historical Figure?," 16 May 2020 The first archaeological evidence for Tang-era donkey polo comes from the tomb of Cui Shi, a noblewoman who died in 878 in Xi’an in central China. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Mar. 2020 The donkey bones were discovered in the tomb of Cui Shi, an Imperial noblewoman who died in 878 A.D. in Xi'an in northwestern China. Fox News, "Ancient Chinese noblewoman discovered buried with the donkeys she used for playing polo," 20 Mar. 2020 But even Saint-Simon’s memoirs pale next to those of the Korean noblewoman Lady Hyegyeong (1735-1816), wife of Crown Prince Sado of the Joseon Dynasty. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Tradition of Telling All," 30 Nov. 2018 The dress gets its name from a popular legend involving a noblewoman who was kidnapped in India by Portuguese pirates, transported across the Pacific trade route and sold to a family in Puebla. Necee Regis, Washington Post, "A new museum in the Yucatán celebrates the traditional clothing of Mexico," 17 Jan. 2020 Historical texts have suggested that people, especially noblewomen, played donkey polo called Lvju. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This Tang Dynasty noblewoman loved playing polo so much, she was buried with her donkeys," 17 Mar. 2020 The tragedy of Lucretia, the virtuous noblewoman who kills herself after being raped by royalty, had been a popular subject for artists and is said to have led to the rebellion that paved the way for the Roman republic. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting in Gallery 634," 8 Feb. 2020 Hager takes pains to give previously unsung heroes their due: The British noblewoman Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, for instance, was key to launching smallpox inoculation in the West. oregonlive, "Another Read Through is leaving Mississippi Avenue, and other Oregon book news," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of noblewoman

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Noblewoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce noblewoman (audio) \
plural noblewomen\ -​ˌwi-​mən \

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: a woman of high birth or rank

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