Definition of noble adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnəʊbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊbl//
    BrE BrE//ˈnəʊblə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊblər//
    , noblest
    BrE BrE//ˈnəʊblɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊblɪst//
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  1. 1having fine personal qualities that people admire, such as courage, honesty and care for others a noble leader noble ideals He died for a noble cause. It was very noble of you to go so far to take him home. compare ignoble See related entries: Moral
  2. 2very impressive in size or quality synonym splendid a noble building
  3. 3belonging to a family of high social rank (= belonging to the nobility) synonym aristocratic a man of noble birth one of the noblest families in Portugal
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin (g)nobilis ‘noted, high-born’, from an Indo-European root shared by know.Extra examples He was a young man of noble birth. Intermarriage between the noble families means that all the counts are related. She died in a noble cause.
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