adjective, no·bler, no·blest.
- nobiliary particle,
- noble art,
- noble fir,
- noble gas,
- noble metal,
- noble opal
Origin of noble
Examples from the Web for nobler
But nobler souls came to the rescue, and in each instance opening day saw a big win for goodness over greed.
This life is only meant to discipline us, to fit us for a higher and nobler state of being.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
Another and a nobler strain must be composed and sung by us.The Republic|Plato
This is a record for Georgia nobler far than any she ever gained upon the battle-field, albeit her sons were always in the van.Sword and Pen|John Algernon Owens
- (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).