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[noh-buh l-muh n] /ˈnoʊ bəl mən/
noun, plural noblemen.
a man of noble birth or rank; noble; peer.
Origin of nobleman
1520-30; noble + -man
Related forms
noblemanly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nobleman
  • It was the arm of choice for the rich nobleman who wished to impress his peers.
  • In addition to being a nobleman, he was an esteemed authority on dinosaurs and other fossil animals.
  • The nobleman is always in the right when the peasant sues.
  • He lived as a private nobleman, without power, and consequently without envy.
  • By and bye, some needy gallant hears of their practices and introduces them to a nobleman on condition of sharing the profits.
  • Marry, my lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door would speak with you: he says he comes from your father.
  • She appears by firelight, on horseback and in various bucolic settings, romping with the handsome blond nobleman she loves.
British Dictionary definitions for nobleman


noun (pl) -men
a man of noble rank, title, or status; peer; aristocrat
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Word Origin and History for nobleman

c.1300, from noble (adj.) + man (n.). Noblewoman is from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nobleman in the Bible

(Gr. basilikos, i.e., "king's man"), an officer of state (John 4:49) in the service of Herod Antipas. He is supposed to have been the Chuza, Herod's steward, whose wife was one of those women who "ministered unto the Lord of their substance" (Luke 8:3). This officer came to Jesus at Cana and besought him to go down to Capernaum and heal his son, who lay there at the point of death. Our Lord sent him away with the joyful assurance that his son was alive.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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