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noblesse

/nəʊˈblɛs/
noun (literary)
1.
noble birth or condition
2.
the noble class
Word Origin
C13: from Old French; see noble
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noblesse
early 13c., "noble birth or condition," from O.Fr. noblece (Fr. noblesse), from V.L. *nobilitia, from L. nobilis (see noble). French phrase noblesse oblige "privilege entails responsibility" is first attested in Eng. 1837.
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