[ noh-bil-ee-er-ee, -bil-yuh-ree ]
/ noʊˈbɪl iˌɛr i, -ˈbɪl yə ri /
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of or relating to the nobility.



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Origin of nobiliary

From the French word nobiliaire, dating back to 1720–30. See noble, -ary
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Example sentences from the Web for nobiliary

  • During the reign of the Goths it was likewise an official and not a nobiliary title.

    Legends, Tales and Poems|Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  • He was degraded, deprived of his nobiliary privileges, and condemned to twenty years' hard labour.

  • Under the Empire none of the nobiliary titles were allowed, nor any of the names added to the patronymic or original names.

  • The nobiliary particule he did not add to his signature until the year 1830.

    Balzac|Frederick Lawton

British Dictionary definitions for nobiliary

/ (nəˈbɪlɪərɪ) /


of or relating to the nobility

Word Origin for nobiliary

C18: from French nobiliaire; see noble, -ary
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