nobility

[noh-bil-i-tee]
noun, plural nobilities.
1.
the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
2.
(in Britain) the peerage.
3.
the state or quality of being noble.
4.
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
5.
grandeur or magnificence.
6.
noble birth or rank.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble, -ity

nonnobility, noun
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nobility (nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
2.  the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind
3.  (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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nobility
late 14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from O.Fr. nobilite (Fr. nobilité), from L. nobilitatem (nom. nobilitas) "nobleness," from nobilis "well-known, prominent" (see noble). Meaning "quality of being of noble rank or birth" is attested from mid-15c.; sense
of "noble class collectively" is from 1520s.
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Example sentences
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.
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