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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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  • My dear man, said the nobleman, that is just where you Americans are wrong.

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst
  • I have promised you, as a gentleman—as a nobleman, if you know what that is—to respect you.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was the daughter of a nobleman who justly prided himself, in a degenerate age, on the virtue of his house.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • The English nobleman's mother is very much against the match.

  • Then in London she had fallen in love again with an English nobleman, an eldest son, with wealth of his own.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • Why, I thought I said at the first that he was a nobleman, an Englishman.

  • About the year 1720, he was induced by the Duke of Rutland to come to England, and was received into the house of that nobleman.

    The Violin George Dubourg
  • A nobleman once contemptuously asked of a sage, “What have you got by all your philosophy?”

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Without any definite cause of complaint, the links which attached him to that nobleman had been broken.

    Lord Montagu's Page G. P. R. James
British Dictionary definitions for nobleman


noun (pl) -men
a man of noble rank, title, or status; peer; aristocrat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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