[ noh-buhl ]
/ ˈnoʊ bəl /
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adjective, no·bler, no·blest.
distinguished by rank or title.
pertaining to persons so distinguished.
of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence: a noble thought.
admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition: a noble poem.
very impressive or imposing in appearance: a noble monument.
of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent
Chemistry. inert; chemically inactive.
Falconry. (of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.
a person of noble birth or rank; nobleman or noblewoman.
a former gold coin of England, first issued in 1346 by Edward III, equal to half a mark or 6s. 8d., replaced in 1464 under Edward IV by the rose noble.
(in Britain) a peer.
OTHER WORDS FOR noble
6 majestic, grand, stately; magnificent, imposing, splendid, impressive; regal, imperial, lordly.
8 famed, celebrated, acclaimed, distinguished.
11 peer; aristocrat, blue blood, patrician.
OPPOSITES FOR noble
3 baseborn, lowborn; common, plebian; lower-class, working-class, middle-class, bourgeois.
8 unknown, obscure, remarkable.
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Origin of noble
synonym study for noble
4. Noble, high-minded, magnanimous agree in referring to lofty principles and loftiness of mind or spirit. Noble implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable: a noble deed. High-minded implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them: a high-minded pursuit of legal reforms. Magnanimous suggests greatness of mind or soul, especially as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries: magnanimous toward his former enemies.
OTHER WORDS FROM noble
no·ble·ness, nounnon·no·ble, adjectiveo·ver·no·ble, adjectiveo·ver·no·ble·ness, noun
o·ver·no·b·ly, adverbpseu·do·no·ble, adjective
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How to use noble in a sentence
But nobler souls came to the rescue, and in each instance opening day saw a big win for goodness over greed.There is No Stealing in Baseball!|Michael Daly|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To travelers blessed with golden sunshine, the Rhine may wear a grander, nobler aspect, and to such I leave it.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
It is good, I believe, to be respectable, but much nobler to respect oneself and utter the voice of God.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson
This presents a nobler view of the whole sacrificial system than the common one.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
Never did I meet with a nobler spirit; he had few equals, none, whom I knew, superior to him.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico
It is true they had suffered deep wrongs; but mercy to the vanquished is a nobler quality than unlimited revenge.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for noble
/ (ˈnəʊbəl) /
of or relating to a hereditary class with special social or political status, often derived from a feudal period
of or characterized by high moral qualities; magnanimousa noble deed
having dignity or eminence; illustrious
grand or imposing; magnificenta noble avenue of trees
of superior quality or kind; excellenta noble strain of horses
- (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
a person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent
(in the British Isles) a person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent
a former Brit gold coin having the value of one third of a pound
Derived forms of noblenobleness, nounnobly, adverb
Word Origin for noble
C13: via Old French from Latin nōbilis, originally, capable of being known, hence well-known, noble, from noscere to know
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