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highborn

[hahy-bawrn] /ˈhaɪˌbɔrn/
adjective
1.
of high rank by birth.
Origin of highborn
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at high, born
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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.

    Lafayette

    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

highborn

/ˈhaɪˌbɔːn/
adjective
1.
of noble or aristocratic birth
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Word Origin and History for highborn
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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