nobility

[ noh-bil-i-tee ]
/ noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural no·bil·i·ties.

the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
(in Britain) the peerage.
the state or quality of being noble.
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
grandeur or magnificence.
noble birth or rank.

Origin of nobility

1350–1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble, -ity
Related formsnon·no·bil·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nobility

nobility

/ (nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignitythe nobility of his mind
(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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Word Origin and History for nobility

nobility


n.

mid-14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from Old French nobilite "high rank; dignity, grace; great deed" (12c., Modern French nobilité), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas) "celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the nobles," from nobilis "well-known, prominent" (see noble (adj.)). Meaning "quality of being of noble rank or birth" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "noble class collectively" is from 1520s.

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