noun (literary)
noble birth or condition
the noble class

early 13c., “noble birth or condition,” from Old French noblece “noble birth, splendor, magnificence” (Modern French noblesse), from Vulgar Latin *nobilitia, from Latin nobilis (see noble (adj.)). French phrase noblesse oblige “privilege entails responsibility” is attested in English first in 1837.


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