[ en-noh-buh l ]
/ ɛnˈnoʊ bəl /

verb (used with object), en·no·bled, en·no·bling.

to elevate in degree, excellence, or respect; dignify; exalt: a personality ennobled by true generosity.
to confer a title of nobility on.


Nearby words

  1. ennerdale water,
  2. ennis,
  3. enniskillen,
  4. ennius,
  5. ennius, quintus,
  6. ennog,
  7. ennosigaeus,
  8. ennui,
  9. ennuied,
  10. eno

Origin of ennoble

1425–75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble

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/ (ɪˈnəʊbəl) /

verb (tr)

to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
Derived Formsennoblement, nounennobler, nounennobling, adjective

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Word Origin and History for ennoble



late 15c. (implied in ennobled), from Middle French ennoblir; see en- (1) + noble (adj.). Related: Ennobling.

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