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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 monarchy, where there is no nobility at all, is ever a pure and absolute tyranny; as that of the Turks.
In the first were the nobility and gentry in their uniforms, in the second bearded merchants in full-skirted coats of blue cloth and wearing medals.
Following the band came the nobility of Bunnybury, all richly dressed and hopping along on their rear legs.
He despised the nobility, and believed the mass of the nobility to be secretly in favor of serfdom, and only concealing their views from cowardice.
Labor and Clergy, Nobility and Merchandise, had come to rest upon the marble table of the Palais de Justice, and to utter, in the presence of the honest audience, as many sentences and maxims as could then be dispensed at the Faculty of Arts, at examinations, sophisms, determinances, figures, and acts, where the masters took their degrees.
Therefore, O my brethren, a NEW NOBILITY is needed, which shall be the adversary of all populace and potentate rule, and shall inscribe anew the word "noble" on new tables.
Next above these come the Nobility, of whom there are several degrees, beginning at Six-Sided Figures, or Hexagons, and from thence rising in the number of their sides till they receive the honourable title of Polygonal, or many-sided.
His human fictions, as you choose to call them, make for nobility and manhood.
Like most of the high nobility, who rightly enough believed that primogeniture and birth were of the last importance to THEM, she preferred to show her distaste for the present order of things, by which the youngest prince of a numerous family had been put upon the throne of the oldest, by remaining at her chateau.
This salon, in which the lesser nobility, the clergy, and the magistracy meet together, exerts a great influence.
Another sort of oligarchy is, when the power is an hereditary nobility.
None of them had ever seen a person bearing a title of nobility before, and none had been expecting to see one now, consequently the title came upon them as a kind of pile-driving surprise and caught them unprepared.