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[noh-bil-ee-er-ee, -bil-yuh-ree] /noʊˈbɪl iˌɛr i, -ˈbɪl yə ri/
of or relating to the nobility.
Origin of nobiliary
From the French word nobiliaire, dating back to 1720-30. See noble, -ary Unabridged
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  • The nobiliary particule he did not add to his signature until the year 1830.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • He was degraded, deprived of his nobiliary privileges, and condemned to twenty years' hard labour.

  • Under the Empire none of the nobiliary titles were allowed, nor any of the names added to the patronymic or original names.

  • During the reign of the Goths it was likewise an official and not a nobiliary title.

    Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
British Dictionary definitions for nobiliary


of or relating to the nobility
Word Origin
C18: from French nobiliaire; see noble, -ary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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