A person (implied male) presiding over a meeting.
The head of a corporate or governmental board of directors, a committee, or other formal entity.
(historical) Someone whose job is to carry people in a portable chair, sedan chair, or similar conveyance.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 618:
* 1836 , Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers ?
- Mr Western entered; but not before a small wrangling bout had passed between him and his chairmen ; for the fellows, who had taken up their burden at the Hercules Pillars, had conceived no hopes of having any future good customer in the squire [...]
- Mr. Winkle, catching sight of a lady's face at the window of the sedan, turned hastily round, plied the knocker with all his might and main, and called frantically upon the chairman to take the chair away again.
Historically meant a man, now also used for women.
* chair, chairperson
* presiding officer, presider
An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood.
* 1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Courte :
- This country house was occupied by nobles in the 16th century.
* 1644 , (John Milton), Aeropagitica :
- I lyked no thynge his playe, / For yf I had not quyckely fledde the touche, / He had plucte oute the nobles of my pouche.
* 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 93:
- And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others? not he who takes up armes for cote and conduct, and his four nobles of Danegelt.
- There, before the high altar, as the choir's voices soared upwards to the blue, star-flecked ceiling, Henry knelt and made his offering of a ‘noble in gold’, 6s 8d.
* See also
* noble gas
Having honorable qualities; having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in conduct and character.
Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble
fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.}}
Of exalted rank; of or relating to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn.
* (having honorable qualities) great, honorable
* (of exalted rank) superior
* (having honorable qualities) ignoble, mean, vile, despicable
* (of exalted rank) inferior
* (distinguished from the masses by birth) plebeian
(Terms derived from the adjective)
* noble gas
* noble metal
* noble rot