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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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  • To the well-born child all the virtues are natural, and not painfully acquired.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Do you imagine it is only the well-born and the noble who have pride?

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • They're well-born, and well-looking, and clever, and all that.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • The well-born and well-bred Southerner is no more a savage than any other man of condition.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • “High, well-born, and most gracious madame,” said he obsequiously.

    Fritz and Eric John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Common people are quite as brave as those who are well-born.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • The connections with the rich and well-born are seldom left obscure.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But the actors were less changed than the spectators,—the well-born than the People.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I meant,” she said, scornfully, “that you had been well-born—a gentleman.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
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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