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[noh-bil-i-tee] /noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nobilities.
the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
(in Britain) the peerage.
the state or quality of being noble.
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
grandeur or magnificence.
noble birth or rank.
Origin of nobility
1350-1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble, -ity
Related forms
nonnobility, noun Unabridged
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  • Her woman's intuition was sufficient guarantee of the nobility of his character.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • There was in this man an Oriental nobility choked by Western fashion and customs.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Yet even in this environment of evil we see the nobility of the man, and his real self.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Is it a good sign, that he wishes to see Royalty and nobility?

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • My last was James Glencairn, so you can have no objection to the company of nobility.

British Dictionary definitions for nobility


noun (pl) -ties
a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind
(in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage
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Word Origin and History for nobility

mid-14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from Old French nobilite "high rank; dignity, grace; great deed" (12c., Modern French nobilité), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas) "celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the nobles," from nobilis "well-known, prominent" (see noble (adj.)). Meaning "quality of being of noble rank or birth" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "noble class collectively" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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