of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence; lofty:a noble thought.
admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition:a noble poem.
very impressive or imposing in appearance; stately; magnificent:a noble monument.
of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent.
famous; illustrious; renowned.
Chemistryinert; chemically inactive.
Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.
a person of noble birth or rank; nobleman or noblewoman.
Currency, British Termsa former gold coin of England, first issued in 1346 by Edward III, equal to half a mark or 6s. 8d., replaced in 1464 under Edward IV by the rose noble.
British Terms(in Britain) a peer.
Latin (g)nōbilis notable, of high rank, equivalent. to (g)nō-, base of (g)nōscere to get to know, find out (see know1) + -bilis -ble
Middle English 1175–1225
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged highborn, aristocratic.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged honorable. Noble,high-minded,magnanimous agree in referring to lofty principles and loftiness of mind or spirit. Noble implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable:a noble deed.High-minded implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them:a high-minded pursuit of legal reforms.Magnanimous suggests greatness of mind or soul, esp. as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries:magnanimous toward his former enemies.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged grand, lordly, splendid.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged peer, aristocrat.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lowborn, base.