Meaning of NOBLE in English
/ ˈnəʊbl; NAmE ˈnoʊbl/ adjective , noun
■ adjective ( no·bler / ˈnəʊblə(r); NAmE ˈnoʊ-/ nob·lest / ˈnəʊblɪst; NAmE ˈnoʊ-/)
having fine personal qualities that people admire, such as courage, honesty and care for others :
a noble leader
He died for a noble cause.
very impressive in size or quality
SYN splendid :
a noble building
belonging to a family of high social rank (= belonging to the nobility )
SYN aristocratic :
a man of noble birth
► nobly / ˈnəʊbli; NAmE ˈnoʊbli/ adverb :
She bore the disappointment nobly.
to be nobly born
a person who comes from a family of high social rank; a member of the nobility
Middle English : from Old French , from Latin (g)nobilis noted, high-born, from an Indo-European root shared by know .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005