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[wel-bawrn] /ˈwɛlˈbɔrn/
born of a good, noble, or highly esteemed family.
(used with a plural verb) wellborn persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
the pride and assurance of the wellborn.
Origin of wellborn
before 950; Middle English; Old English welboren. See well1, born Unabridged
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  • Josephine made a little gesture of impatience such as my well-born apotheosis of nature is apt to evoke.

  • They're well-born, and well-looking, and clever, and all that.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • Do you imagine it is only the well-born and the noble who have pride?

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The well-born and well-bred Southerner is no more a savage than any other man of condition.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • A well-born man who keeps his place like I do, is hated by all the plebeians.

  • Common people are quite as brave as those who are well-born.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • That Stephen Brand was a well-born man was not a new thing in their intelligence.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • But the actors were less changed than the spectators,—the well-born than the People.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Nor must the influence of well-born, cultured and pious ladies be forgotten.

British Dictionary definitions for well-born


adjective (well born when postpositive)
having been born into a wealthy or upper-class family
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