nobility

  • 1 Nobility — No*bil i*ty, n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilit[ e]. See {Noble}.] 1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence. [1913 Webster] Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Nobility — (engl., spr. nŏbillitĭ), der englische und schottische hohe Adel, d.h. Dukes (Herzoge), Marquesses (Marquis), Earls (Grafen), Viscounts (Vikoniten) und Lords im engern Sinne (Barone). Der N. (den Noblemen) schließt sich die Gentry an, welche die… …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 3 Nobility — Nobilĭty, Noblemen (spr. nohblmĕn), engl. Bezeichnung des hohen Geburtsadels; fünf Stufen: Dukes (Herzöge), Marquesses, Earls (Grafen), Viscounts, Barons …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 4 nobility — index character (reputation), distinction (reputation), elite, eminence, prestige Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. B …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 nobility — (n.) mid 14c., quality of being excellent or rare, from O.Fr. nobilite high rank; dignity, grace; great deed (12c., Mod.Fr. nobilité), and directly from L. nobilitatem (nom. nobilitas) celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 nobility — *aristocracy, gentry, county, elite, society …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 nobility — [n] aristocracy; eminence dignity, elevation, elite, ennoblement, exaltation, excellence, generosity, gentry, glorification, grandeur, greatness, high society, honor, illustriousness, incorruptibility, integrity, loftiness, magnanimity,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 nobility — ► NOUN 1) the quality of being noble. 2) the aristocracy …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 nobility — [nō bil′ə tē] n. pl. nobilities [ME nobilite < OFr nobilité < L nobilitas] 1. the quality or state of being noble 2. high station or rank in society, esp. when accompanied by a title 3. the class of people of noble rank or having hereditary …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 Nobility — Nobles redirects here. For other uses, see Nobles (disambiguation). For other uses, see Noble (disambiguation). Nobility is a social class which possesses more acknowledged privileges or eminence than members of most other classes in a society,… …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 Nobility — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Nobility >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 nobility nobility rank condition distinction optimacy blood pur sang birth high descent order Sgm: N 1 quality quality gentility …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 Nobility —    The nobility played a much less important role in Dutch politics than elsewhere in Europe during the Early Modern period. For example, the nobility (Ridderschap) had only one vote in the provincial assembly of the States of Holland. In the… …

    Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • 13 nobility — [[t]noʊbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] 1) N SING COLL: the N The nobility of a society are all the people who have titles and belong to a high social class. They married into the nobility and entered the highest ranks of state administration... Despite its lack of… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 Nobility — No|bị|li|ty 〈f. 10〉 I 〈unz.〉 Adel II 〈zählb.〉 Person des öffentlichen Lebens, Berühmtheit [engl.] * * * No|bi|li|ty [noʊ bɪlɪti ], die; [engl. nobility < lat. nobilitas] (bildungsspr.): Hochadel Großbritanniens. * * * Nobility   [nəʊ bɪləti]… …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 15 nobility — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) High rank Nouns 1. nobility, aristocracy, quality, gentility, rank, condition, title, distinction, [blue] blood, [high] birth, high degree; pedigree, lineage. See posterity, ancestry, superiority, pride …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 nobility — no|bil|i|ty [nəuˈbılıti, nə US nou , nə ] n 1.) the nobility the group of people in some countries who belong to the highest social class and have titles such as Duke or Countess = ↑the aristocracy 2.) [U] the quality of being noble ▪ the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 nobility — no|bil|i|ty [ nou bıləti ] noun uncount 1. ) an honest and brave way of behaving that people admire 2. ) FORMAL the impressive size and appearance of something 3. ) the nobility people in the highest social class who usually have titles, for… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 nobility — noun 1 the nobility the group of people in some countries who belong to the highest social class and have titles such as Duke or Countess; the aristocracy 2 (U) the quality of being noble in character or appearance: For him, true nobility is… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 nobility — noun 1) a member of the nobility Syn: aristocracy, aristocrats, peerage, peers (of the realm), lords, nobles, noblemen, noblewomen, patricians; informal aristos 2) the nobility of his deed Syn: virtue, goodne …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 nobility — UK [nəʊˈbɪlətɪ] / US [noʊˈbɪlətɪ] noun [uncountable] 1) an honest and brave way of behaving that people admire 2) the nobility people in the highest social class who usually have titles, for example dukes, duchesses, or earls These ideas… …

    English dictionary