adjective, no·bler, no·blest.
Origin of noble
Examples from the Web for nobleness
Contemporary Examples of nobleness
At the Olympics, I was proud of my nobleness, and anyone who suggests otherwise is taking part in the bitter politics of envy.
Till all success be nobleness, As governor and in business, I was proud of my success.
Historical Examples of nobleness
He studied Hope's beauty with his eyes, he pondered on all her nobleness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I have loved her ever since for all that she awakened within me of nobleness.
He did not see the beauty, the nobleness of it, nor yet its beneficial power.
I may expect all things, Madam, interrupted he, from the nobleness of your mind.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
But has your nobleness any serious objection to my carrying a wand?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- (of certain elements) chemically unreactive
- (of certain metals, esp copper, silver, and gold) resisting oxidation
- designating long-winged falcons that capture their quarry by stooping on it from aboveCompare ignoble
- designating the type of quarry appropriate to a particular species of falcon
Word Origin for noble
"man of rank," c.1300, from noble (adj.). The same noun sense also is in Old French and Latin. Late 14c. as the name of an English coin first issued in reign of Edward III.
c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.
Meaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).