noble

A noble is a titled peer of the realm or an aristocrat. As an adjective, noble describes someone with high or elevated character, or who is impressive in appearance.

From feudal times, we have known nobles as the heirs to thrones or as the holders of aristocratic title. British aristocracy, for example, produces many people of various noble titles, including dukes, earls, princes, kings, and queens. As various royal histories tell us, however, many of these nobles in title weren't quite so noble in character.

Primary Meanings of noble

1.
adjn
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times
a titled peer of the realm
2.
adj
inert especially toward oxygen
Full Definitions of noble
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adj of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

“of noble birth”
Synonyms:
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
august, grand, lordly
of or befitting a lord
coroneted, highborn, titled
belonging to the peerage
imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royal
belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
kinglike, kingly
having the rank of or resembling or befitting a king
monarchal, monarchical
having the characteristics of or befitting or worthy of a monarch
princely
having the rank of or befitting a prince
queenlike, queenly
having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen
royal
being of the rank of a monarch
Antonyms:
lowborn
of humble birth or origins
low-class, lower-class
occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society
base, baseborn, humble, lowly
of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
common, plebeian, unwashed, vulgar
of or associated with the great masses of people
ignoble, ungentle, untitled
not of the nobility
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adj having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character

“a noble spirit”
noble deeds”
Synonyms:
honorable, honourable
worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
dignifying, ennobling
investing with dignity or honor
elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, idealistic, lofty, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified, sublime
of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
greathearted, magnanimous
noble and generous in spirit
Antonyms:
ignoble
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
cowardly, fearful
lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
contemptible
deserving of contempt or scorn
dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
base, mean, meanspirited
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
currish
base and cowardly
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adj impressive in appearance

“a noble tree”
“severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses”
Synonyms:
baronial, imposing, stately
impressive
making a strong or vivid impression

n a titled peer of the realm

Synonyms:
Lord, nobleman
Antonyms:
Lady, noblewoman, peeress
a woman of the peerage in Britain
Examples:
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Don Juan
a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer who became the hero of many poems and plays and operas
Roger de Mortimer
English nobleman who deposed Edward II and was executed by Edward III (1287-1330)
Nancy Witcher Astor
British politician (born in the United States) who was the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons (1879-1964)
First Marquess Cornwallis
commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
Duke of Lancaster
the fourth son of Edward III who was the effective ruler of England during the close of his father's reign and during the minority of Richard II; his son was Henry Bolingbroke (1340-1399)
Earl of Leicester
an English nobleman who led the baronial rebellion against Henry III (1208-1265)
Types:
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armiger
a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic arms
baron
a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank
burgrave
a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right
count
a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
duke
a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank
grandee
a nobleman of highest rank in Spain or Portugal
margrave
a German nobleman ranking above a count (corresponding in rank to a British marquess)
marquess, marquis
nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count
mesne lord
a feudal lord who was lord to his own tenants on land held from a superior lord
milord
a term of address for an English lord
palatine, palsgrave
(Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands
peer
a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
sire
a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority
thane
a feudal lord or baron
viscount
(in various countries) a son or younger brother or a count
baron
a British peer of the lowest rank
count palatine
a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain
duke
a British peer of the highest rank
earl
a British peer ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
Earl Marshal
an officer of the English peerage who organizes royal processions and other ceremonies
landgrave
a count who had jurisdiction over a large territory in medieval Germany
life peer
a British peer whose title lapses at death
marquess
a British peer ranking below a duke and above an earl
peer of the realm
a peer who is entitled to sit in the House of Lords
viscount
a British peer who ranks below an earl and above a baron
viscountess
a noblewoman holding the rank of viscount in her own right
Type of:
male aristocrat
a man who is an aristocrat
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adj inert especially toward oxygen

“a noble gas such as helium or neon”
noble metals include gold and silver and platinum”
Synonyms:
unreactive
(chemistry) not reacting chemically

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