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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 ?
The latter replied that he was, and that he was descended from one of the most noble families in that city.
An oligarchy is a state where the rich and those of noble families, being few, possess it.
Maurs, and such-like folk, have led armies and made laws time out of mind; but those noble families would be somewhat astounded--if the accounts ever came to be fairly taken--to find how small their work for England has been by the side of that of the Browns.
They have wanted their sacer vates, having been too solid to rise to the top by themselves, and not having been largely gifted with the talent of catching hold of, and holding on tight to, whatever good things happened to be going--the foundation of the fortunes of so many noble families.
It was a matter of public knowledge, they said, that after the conquest of King William, his Norman followers, elated by so great a victory, acknowledged no law but their own wicked pleasure, and not only despoiled the conquered Saxons of their lands and their goods, but invaded the honour of their wives and of their daughters with the most unbridled license; and hence it was then common for matrons and maidens of noble families to assume the veil, and take shelter in convents, not as called thither by the vocation of God, but solely to preserve their honour from the unbridled wickedness of man.
TOGI family is one of the few noble families that for centuries have safeguarded this more than 1300-year-old musical tradition of Gagaku, Imperial Court music.
Henry "Monty" Montague was lucky enough to be born into one of England's wealthy noble families, and now that he's come of age, it's time to make his grand tour across the Continent.
The Emmy-winning show tells the story of noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne, all the while keeping one eye on the "White Walkers" leading hordes of the undead toward an invasion from the North.
It portrays the struggle between its noble families for control of the Iron Throne.
Imagine an alternate universe where magic exists, and for centuries it has been limited to noble families.
Based on a play by Voltaire, Tancredi tells a story of battle between the forces of the Byzantine Empire and the Saracen armies, compounded by personal conflict between noble families in Sicily around the year 1000.
Ivanhoe, published in 1820, is set in 12th-century England and tells the tale of one of the last Saxon noble families in a time when the Normans were becoming the dominant ruling class.