[noh-bil-i-tee] /noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/

noun, plural nobilities.
the class or the body of in a country.
(in Britain) the peerage.
the state or quality of being .
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
grandeur or magnificence.
birth or rank.
noun (pl) -ties
a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind
(in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage

mid-14c., “quality of being excellent or rare,” from Old French nobilite “high rank; dignity, grace; great deed” (12c., Modern French nobilité), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas) “celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the nobles,” from nobilis “well-known, prominent” (see noble (adj.)). Meaning “quality of being of noble rank or birth” is attested from late 14c.; sense of “noble class collectively” is from 1520s.


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