WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
no•ble /ˈnoʊbəl/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -bler, -blest, n. 
  1. having a high rank or title, esp. of or belonging to a class with special social or political status given by birth.
  2. of a high moral character or excellence:It was very noble of him to accept the blame.
  3. grand in appearance;
    magnificent:a noble mansion.
  4. Chemistry (of chemicals) inert;
    chemically inactive;
    seldom combining with other substances:[before a noun]the noble gases.

n. [countable]
  1. a nobleman or noblewoman.
no•ble•ness, n. [uncountable]
no•bly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
no•ble  (nōbəl),USA pronunciation adj.,  -bler, -blest, n. 
  1. distinguished by rank or title.
  2. pertaining to persons so distinguished.
  3. 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.
  4. of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence;
    lofty:a noble thought.
  5. admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition:a noble poem.
  6. very impressive or imposing in appearance;
    magnificent:a noble monument.
  7. of an admirably high quality;
    notably superior;
  8. famous;
  9. Chemistryinert;
    chemically inactive.
  10. Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.

  1. a person of noble birth or rank;
    nobleman or noblewoman.
  2. 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.
  3. British Terms(in Britain) a peer.
noble•ness, n. 
  • 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
  • Old French
  • 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.

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noble /ˈnəʊbəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to a hereditary class with special social or political status, often derived from a feudal period
  2. of or characterized by high moral qualities; magnanimous: a noble deed
  3. having dignity or eminence; illustrious
  4. grand or imposing; magnificent: a noble avenue of trees
  5. of superior quality or kind; excellent: a noble strain of horses
  6. (of certain elements) chemically unreactive
  7. (of certain metals, esp copper, silver, and gold) resisting oxidation
  1. a person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent
  2. (in the British Isles) a person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent
  3. a former Brit gold coin having the value of one third of a pound
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin nōbilis, originally, capable of being known, hence well-known, noble, from noscere to know

ˈnobleness n ˈnobly adv

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Collocations: a [local, national, British] noble, a noble beast, many nobles [took, wed, sought, attended], more...

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