born of a good, noble, or highly esteemed family.


(used with a plural verb) wellborn persons collectively (usually preceded by the): the pride and assurance of the wellborn.

Origin of wellborn

before 950; Middle English; Old English welboren. See well1, born
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Examples from the Web for well-born

Contemporary Examples of well-born

Historical Examples of well-born

  • To the well-born child all the virtues are natural, and not painfully acquired.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Do you imagine it is only the well-born and the noble who have pride?

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • They're well-born, and well-looking, and clever, and all that.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • The well-born and well-bred Southerner is no more a savage than any other man of condition.

    The American Credo

    George Jean Nathan

  • “High, well-born, and most gracious madame,” said he obsequiously.

    Fritz and Eric

    John Conroy Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for well-born


adjective (well born when postpositive)

having been born into a wealthy or upper-class family
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