Meaning of NOBLE in English


— nobleness , n.

/noh"beuhl/ , adj., nobler, noblest , n.


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. Chem. inert; chemically inactive.

10. Falconry. (of a hawk) having excellent qualities or abilities.


11. a person of noble birth or rank; nobleman or noblewoman.

12. 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.

13. (in Britain) a peer.

[ 1175-1225; ME g ) nobilis notable, of high rank, equiv. to ( g ) no-, base of ( g ) noscere to get to know, find out (see KNOW 1 ) + -bilis -BLE ]

Syn. 3. highborn, aristocratic. 4. honorable. NOBLE, HIGH-MINDED, MAGNANIMOUS agree in referring to lofty principles and loftiness of mind or spirit. NOBLE implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable: a noble deed. HIGH-MINDED implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them: a high-minded pursuit of legal reforms. MAGNANIMOUS suggests greatness of mind or soul, esp. as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries: magnanimous toward his former enemies. 6. grand, lordly, splendid. 11. peer, aristocrat.

Ant. 3. lowborn, base.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .