nobility

Nobility refers to a privileged class of people — often receiving hereditary titles — also called the aristocracy. You know the type. They hang around manors and castles, or curry favor at court.

In the United states, there is no official class system, so there is no official noble class, or nobility. But nobility is also a synonym for nobleness — elevation of morals, ideals, or behavior. So if you have friends who always behave with generosity, honesty, and integrity, you may be surrounded by nobility — even if you don’t hang out with lords, baronesses, dukes, or ladies.

Definitions of nobility
  1. noun
    a privileged class holding hereditary titles
    synonyms: aristocracy
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    examples:
    Ferdinand and Isabella
    joint monarchs of Spain; Ferdinand V and Isabella I
    William and Mary
    joint monarchs of England; William III and Mary II
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    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
    type of:
    elite, elite group
    a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
  2. noun
    the state of being of noble birth
    synonyms: noblesse
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    types:
    purple
    of imperial status
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    position, status
    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  3. noun
    the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
    synonyms: grandeur, magnanimousness, nobleness
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    types:
    high-mindedness, idealism, noble-mindedness
    elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
    sublimity
    nobility in thought or feeling or style
    type of:
    honorableness, honourableness
    the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
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