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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Examples of noblewoman in a Sentence

traditionally, noblewomen—whether they are titled or not—have served as great patronesses of the arts
Recent Examples on the Web In popular culture, Tudor noblewoman Jane Boleyn is often portrayed as a petty, jealous schemer who played a pivotal role in the downfall of Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII’s six wives. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2022 Halima Begum, later known as Helene Bennett, was a Muslim noblewoman who had two children with a French mercenary soldier in India, then settled with him in a fashionable area of London. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 When [Lady Godiva] rides through town, in the legend, most of the townsfolk go into their homes and avert their eyes, so as not to shame their beloved noblewoman. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 29 Apr. 2022 In the painting of a young Italian noblewoman, collectors, diplomats and Nazis all saw a treasure to pursue. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 13 May 2022 With Fire and Sword (whose romantic plot is a love triangle involving a Polish noblewoman and a Cossack warrior). Hanna Kozlowska, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 The museum has some intriguing exhibits, including one on Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, a sixteenth-century Hungarian noblewoman who gained national fame as an alleged serial killer. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Lawrence’s free-thinking noblewoman who has an affair with her gamekeeper (Jack O’Connell). Radhika Seth, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 Marie-Aurore de Saxe, a French noblewoman and freethinker, was painted in the guise of Diana, the huntress, wearing a leopard-print gown with billowing sleeves and a plunging bosom. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of noblewoman

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of noblewoman

: a woman of high birth or rank

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