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Webster 1913 Edition


Noble

No′ble

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Nobler
;
sup
erl.
Noblest
.]
[F.
noble
, fr. L.
nobilis
that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr.
noscere
to know. See
know
.]
1.
Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous;
as, a
noble
nature or action; a
noble
heart.
Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong
To
nobler
poets for a
nobler
song.
Dryden.
2.
Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid;
as, a
noble
edifice
.
3.
Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn;
as,
noble
blood; a
noble
personage.
Noble
is used in the formation of self-explaining compounds;
as,
noble
-born,
noble
-hearted,
noble
-minded
.
Noble gas
(Chem.)
,
a gaseous element belonging to group VIII of the periodic table of elements, not combining with other elements under normal reaction conditions; specifically,
helium
,
neon
,
argon
,
krypton
,
xenon
, or
radon
; also called
inert gas
.
Noble metals
(Chem.)
,
silver, gold, and platinum; – so called from their resistance to oxidation by air and to dissolution by acids. Copper, mercury, aluminium, palladium, rhodium, iridium, and osmium are sometimes included.
Syn. – Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted; superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious; renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand; magnanimous; generous; liberal; free.

No′ble

,
Noun.
1.
A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
2.
An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61 (in 1913).
3.
(Zool.)
A European fish; the lyrie.

No′ble

,
Verb.
T.
To make noble; to ennoble.
[Obs.]
Thou
nobledest
so far forth our nature.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Noble

NO'BLE

,
Adj.
1.
Great; elevated; dignified; being above every thing that can dishonor reputation; as a nobel mind; a noble courage; noble deeds of valor.
2.
Exalted; elevated; sublime.
Statues, with winding ivy crown'd, belong to nobler poets for a nobler song.
3.
Magnificent; stately; splendid; as a noble parade; a noble edifice.
4.
Of an ancient and splendid family; as nobel by descent.
5.
Distinguished from commoners by rank and title; as a noble personage.
6.
Free; generous; liberal; as a noble heart.
7.
Principal; capital; as the noble parts of the body.
8.
Ingenuous; candid; of an excellent disposition; ready to receive truth. Acts 17.
9.
Of the best kind; choice; excellent; as a noble vine. Jeremiah 2.

NO'BLE

,
Noun.
1.
A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer; as a duke, marquis, earl, viscount or baron.
2.
In Scripture, a person of honorable family or distinguished by station. Exodus 24. Nehemiah 6.
3.
Originally, a gold coin, but now a money of account, value 6s. 8d. sterling, or $1 48cts.

Definition 2022


Noble

Noble

See also: noble and NOBLE

English

Proper noun

Noble

  1. A surname.
  2. A male given name

noble

noble

See also: Noble and NOBLE

English

Noun

noble (plural nobles)

  1. An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood. [from 14th c.]
    This country house was occupied by nobles in the 16th century.
  2. (now historical) A medieval gold coin of England in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually valued at 6s 8d. [from 14th c.]
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      I lyked no thynge his playe, / For yf I had not quyckely fledde the touche, / He had plucte oute the nobles of my pouche.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others? not he who takes up armes for cote and conduct, and his four nobles of Danegelt.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, page 93:
      There, before the high altar, as the choir's voices soared upwards to the blue, star-flecked ceiling, Henry knelt and made his offering of a ‘noble in gold’, 6s 8d.

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Hyponyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:nobleman

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

noble (comparative more noble, superlative most noble)

  1. Having honorable qualities; having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in conduct and character.
    He made a noble effort.
    He is a noble man who would never put his family in jeopardy.
  2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
    a noble edifice
  3. Of exalted rank; of or relating to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn.
    noble blood; a noble personage
  4. (geometry, of a polyhedron) Both isohedral and isogonal.

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Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: places · simple · fresh · #711: noble · appearance · period · William

Anagrams


Catalan

Adjective

noble m, f (masculine and feminine plural nobles)

  1. noble

Noun

noble m, f (plural nobles)

  1. noble

French

Etymology

From Old French, borrowed from Latin nobilis according to the TLFi dictionary.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /nɔbl/

Adjective

noble m, f (plural nobles)

  1. noble, aristocratic
  2. (of material) non-synthetic, natural; fine
  3. noble, worthy (thoughts, cause etc.)

Noun

noble m, f (plural nobles)

  1. noble (person who is noble)

Derived terms

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Middle English

Etymology

Old French

Adjective

noble

  1. noble

Middle French

Etymology

Old French

Adjective

noble m, f (plural nobles)

  1. noble

Old French

Etymology

Latin nobilis

Adjective

noble m (oblique and nominative feminine singular noble)

  1. noble; upper-class; well-bred

Synonyms


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin nobilis.

Adjective

noble m, f (plural nobles)

  1. noble

Related terms


Swedish

Adjective

noble

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of nobel.