Till all success be nobleness, As governor and in business, I was proud of my success.
At the Olympics, I was proud of my nobleness, and anyone who suggests otherwise is taking part in the bitter politics of envy.
I have loved her ever since for all that she awakened within me of nobleness.
Rose could not but meet that look—its nobleness, its humble surrender.
All this adds to the nobleness of the noble sport, and makes it worthy of a man's energies.
He has all the nobleness of that temper, but also all its baseness.
Yet even this hath this inconvenience in it—that it makes its possessor neglect the furnishing of the mind with nobleness.
But the very strength of his generosity and nobleness will make him angry.
His eye indicated a nobleness of soul; although his aspect was tinged with melancholy, yet he was naturally cheerful.
The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness.
c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.
Meaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).
"man of rank," c.1300, from noble (adj.). The same noun sense also is in Old French and Latin. Late 14c. as the name of an English coin first issued in reign of Edward III.