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Meaning of noble

no•ble

Pronunciation: (nō'bul), [key]
— adj., n. -bler, -blest,
—adj.
  1. distinguished by rank or title.
  2. pertaining to persons so distinguished.
  3. of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
  4. of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence; lofty: a noble thought.
  5. admirable in dignity of conception, manner of expression, execution, or composition: a noble poem.
  6. very impressive or imposing in appearance; stately; magnificent: a noble monument.
  7. of an admirably high quality; notably superior; excellent.
  8. famous; illustrious; renowned.
  9. inert; chemically inactive.
  10. (of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.
—n.
  1. a person of noble birth or rank; nobleman or noblewoman.
  2. a former gold coin of England, first issued in 1346 by Edward III, equal to half a mark or 6s. 8d., replaced in 1464 under Edward IV by the rose noble.
  3. (in Britain) a peer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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