[ noh-buh l ]
/ ˈnoʊ bəl /

adjective, no·bler, no·blest.


Nearby words

  1. nobelium,
  2. nobile,
  3. nobiliary,
  4. nobiliary particle,
  5. nobility,
  6. noble art,
  7. noble fir,
  8. noble gas,
  9. noble metal,
  10. noble opal

Origin of noble

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin (g)nōbilis ‘notable, of high rank’, equivalent to (g)nō-, base of (g)nōscere ‘to get to know, find out’ (see know1) + -bilis -ble

Related forms
Can be confusedNobel noble

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Derived Formsnobleness, 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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Word Origin and History for nobler
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