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This style, now exclusively royal, was in 1372 employed by all the nobles.
They have not yet formed a caste of nobles, but they may do so.
The gorgeous magnificence of the Spanish nobles found but little favor in the eyes of the sovereigns.
The nobles are rather sullen than overt in their discontent.
She accepted, promising the nobles that they should remain in undisturbed enjoyment of their great privileges.
The French nobles, thinking the end had come, fell upon their knees.
But the execution of justice was hopeless till he had previously abolished the tyranny of the nobles.
They were oppressed by the government, by the nobles, and by the clergy.
She summoned all the nobles to meet her in the great hall of the castle.
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.