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[hahy-bawrn] /ˈhaɪˌbɔrn/
of high rank by birth.
Origin of highborn
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at high, born Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Can the highborn heiress of Earl Fitzgerald be served by one so humble?

    Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2) Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • It is only for the lowborn virgin to be taught it by some highborn youth.

    Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2) Jonathon Holt Ingraham
  • Young, fair, and highborn, I may not choose on whom I will bestow my love!

    Comic Tragedies Louisa M. Alcott
  • He will be taken by her highborn family and educated, and he must forget all about his mamma.

  • And mind, this is not a sin of rich, and learned, and highborn men only.

    Sermons on National Subjects Charles Kingsley
  • It was not for very many years that Lafayette was to profit by his highborn mother's devoted care and foresight.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • Studies finished, his heart firm in his lofty purpose, highborn schemes began their struggling claim for his attention.

  • The young Irishman was not a little touched and elated by the highborn damsel's partiality for him.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Therefore he brought the highborn maiden to the pass that she gave over her unruly will, which she asserted there afore.

British Dictionary definitions for highborn


of noble or aristocratic birth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highborn

also high-born, "of noble birth," c.1300, from high (adj.) + born.

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