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.

Definitions of noble
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    impressive in appearance
    “a noble tree”
    “severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses”
    synonyms: baronial, imposing, stately
    impressive
    making a strong or vivid impression
  4. noun
    a titled peer of the realm
    synonyms: Lord, nobleman
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    Antonyms:
    Lady, noblewoman, peeress
    a woman of the peerage in Britain
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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)
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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
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    male aristocrat
    a man who is an aristocrat
  5. adjective
    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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