nobility

[ noh-bil-i-tee ]
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noun,plural no·bil·i·ties.
  1. the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.

  2. (in Britain) the peerage.

  1. the state or quality of being noble.

  2. nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.

  3. grandeur or magnificence.

  4. noble birth or rank.

Origin of nobility

1
1350–1400; Middle English nobilite<Latin nōbilitās.See noble, -ity

Other words from nobility

  • non·no·bil·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nobility

nobility

/ (nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ) /


nounplural -ties
  1. a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree

  2. the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind

  1. (in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage

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