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[noh-bil-i-tee] /noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nobilities.
the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
(in Britain) the peerage.
the state or quality of being noble.
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
grandeur or magnificence.
noble birth or rank.
Origin of nobility
1350-1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble, -ity
Related forms
nonnobility, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nobility
  • But the days of subservience to the descendants of long lines of nobility have long gone.
  • We know for a fact that the nobility did not invest money in business.
  • However, the tradition of nobility and royalty was based upon the same.
  • nobility and gentry were allowed to ride the coaches, but not soldiers and peasants.
  • There is nobility in pitching as long as you can, in making summer last as long as possible.
  • Fine horses bespoke the nobility the party was supposed to despise.
  • It is a mastaba tomb, typical of a tomb for nobility of the time.
  • Some say absolute power corrupts absolutely, other say absolute power gives absolute nobility.
  • Privacy was inherent to the nobility of their being and their cause.
  • Her dignity and nobility of character was inspirational.
British Dictionary definitions for nobility


noun (pl) -ties
a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind
(in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage
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Word Origin and History for nobility

mid-14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from Old French nobilite "high rank; dignity, grace; great deed" (12c., Modern French nobilité), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas) "celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the nobles," from nobilis "well-known, prominent" (see noble (adj.)). Meaning "quality of being of noble rank or birth" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "noble class collectively" is from 1520s.

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