If a fortune is truly yours to make, it can only be had on your noblest terms.
Our noblest people paid with their souls so that we can build a country where we can live in freedom, justice, and dignity.
Washington, unbending in his role as the noblest republican of them all, administered a severe blow to imperial pride.
She loved a man—to her the noblest, most god-like creature of his kind,—and she was happy in abandoning herself to him.
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
Ostorius sent him and his family to Rome, as the noblest trophies of his conquest.
Let us shape the hope of this day into the noblest chapter in our history.
All was ease, calm, unstudied attention to every little want, and talk fit for the noblest and the best.
It is said that the teacher's noblest work is to lead the child to his inheritance.
Steeds of the noblest breed, plump and strong, well-trained and endued with great might, draw the cars of that warrior!
c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.
Meaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).
"man of rank," c.1300, from noble (adj.). The same noun sense also is in Old French and Latin. Late 14c. as the name of an English coin first issued in reign of Edward III.