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