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no·bil·i·ty

 (nō-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. no·bil·i·ties
1. A class of persons distinguished by high birth or rank and in Great Britain including dukes and duchesses, marquises and marchionesses, earls and countesses, viscounts and viscountesses, and barons and baronesses: "The old English nobility of office made way for the Norman nobility of faith and landed wealth" (Winston S. Churchill).
2. Noble rank or status: Congress may not grant titles of nobility.
3. The state or quality of being exalted in character.

[Middle English nobilite, the quality of being noble, from Old French, from Latin nōbilitās, from nōbilis, noble; see noble.]

nobility

(nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
2. the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind.
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage

no•bil•i•ty

(noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
2. the state or quality of being noble.
3. nobleness of mind, character, or spirit.
4. grandeur.
5. noble birth or rank.
[1350–1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble]

Nobility

 the body of persons forming the noble class of a country or state—Wilkes.
Example: nobility of the realm, 1530.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nobility - a privileged class holding hereditary titlesnobility - a privileged class holding hereditary titles
elite, elite group - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
noblesse - members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility)
baronage, peerage - the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
baronetage - the collective body of baronets
knighthood - aristocrats holding the rank of knight
samurai - feudal Japanese military aristocracy
aristocrat, blue blood, patrician - a member of the aristocracy
2.nobility - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conductnobility - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
honorableness, honourableness - the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
high-mindedness, noble-mindedness, idealism - elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
sublimity - nobility in thought or feeling or style
3.nobility - the state of being of noble birth
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"
purple - of imperial status; "he was born to the purple"

nobility

noun
1. aristocracy, lords, elite, nobles, upper class, peerage, ruling class, patricians, high society They married into the nobility and entered the highest ranks of society.
2. dignity, majesty, greatness, grandeur, magnificence, stateliness, nobleness I found Mr. Mandela supremely courteous, with a genuine nobility of bearing.
3. integrity, honour, virtue, goodness, honesty, righteousness, probity, rectitude, worthiness, incorruptibility, uprightness There can be no doubt about the remarkable strength and nobility of her character.
Related words
adjective nobiliary
Quotations
"New nobility is but the act of power, but ancient nobility is the act of time" [Francis Bacon Essays]

Ranks of nobility

Ranks of British nobility (in order of precedence)  royal duke or (fem.) royal duchess, duke or (fem.) duchess, marquess or marquis or (fem.) marchioness, earl or (fem.) countess, viscount or (fem.) viscountess, baron or (fem.) baroness, baronet
Ranks of foreign nobility  archduke or (fem.) archduchess, boyar, burgrave, count or (fem.) countess, grand duke or (fem.) grand duchess, grandee, landgrave or (fem.) landgravine, marchese or (fem.) marchesa, margrave or (fem.) margravine, marquis or marquise, prince or (fem.) princess, vicomte or (fem.) vicomtesse

nobility

noun
2. Noble rank or status by birth:
Translations
النُّبَلاءنُبْل، نَبالَه، أصالَه، شَرَف الشُّعور
аристокрация
šlechtaušlechtilostvznešenostšlechetnost
adelædelhednobelhed
aadel
aateli
plemstvo
nemesség
aîallaîalsmannastétt
šľachetnosť
asaletasillersoylularsoyluluk

nobility

[nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ] N (all senses) → nobleza f

nobility

[nəʊˈbɪlɪti] n
(quality)noblesse f
(= nobles) → noblesse f

nobility

n no pl
(= people)(Hoch)adel m; she is one of the nobilitysie ist eine Adlige
(= quality)Adel m, → Edle(s) nt; nobility of mind/thoughtgeistiger Adel; nobility of sentimentedles Gefühl

nobility

[nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ] nnobiltà

noble

(ˈnəubl) adjective
1. honourable; unselfish. a noble mind; a noble deed.
2. of high birth or rank. a noble family; of noble birth.
noun
a person of high birth. The nobles planned to murder the king.
noˈbility (-ˈbi-) noun
1. the state of being noble. the nobility of his mind/birth.
2. nobles ie dukes, earls etc. The nobility supported the king during the revolution.
ˈnobly adverb
He worked nobly for the cause of peace.
ˈnoblemanfeminine ˈnoblewoman noun
a noble. The king was murdered by a nobleman at his court.
References in classic literature ?
A noble estate to be forfeit for four hundred pounds
Bus excursion to the noble estate "marino", bus excursion "ivangorod - koporye", bus excursion to vyritsa, bus excursion "restored temples of saint-petersburg", bus excursion "pskov-izborsk-pechory"
In part 1, Eddie argues that serfs in Brandenburg-Prussia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries enjoyed a higher quality of life than free peasants due to the reciprocal obligations that existed between them and the noble estate owners.
Is there a connection between the size (population) of a noble estate, the labor resources of a peasant family, the allocation of serfs' obligations, and the amount of unpaid taxes?
The primary motivation for armigery among simple knights and squires was almost certainly their desire to raise their kindred into the Noble Estate.
He's also become a bit of an internet sensation with his sandwich-based rap, something which feeds into his latest routine in which he muses on the noble estate of fathership, unpublishable novels and the nature of being a grown up.
At the end of the sixteenth century, Stavenow was a highly profitable estate that owed much of its prosperity to the strength of east-Elbian lordship, which empowered noble estate owners to demand heavy labor services from their peasants and smallholders.
He typified a new class of subject in France: a nobility created from the ranks of bourgeois families which, by virtue of having inherited a noble estate in real property, were themselves accounted noble after that estate had been held for three generations.
What Gourse fails to grasp is that Koko is not a composition in any strict sense, but rather a series of improvised choruses on the chord structure of Ray Noble's Cherokee, created by Parker at a recording session in 1945 so that the Savoy label could avoid paying royalties to the Noble estate.
The development of Chicksands from a monastery to a noble estate to a super-secret RAF/USAF listening post shows the installation's unique history, one well worth reading.