• WordNet 3.6
    • n nobility the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
    • n nobility a privileged class holding hereditary titles
    • n nobility the state of being of noble birth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The words "volt" and "voltage" are named for a member of the Italian nobility in the 1700s named Count Voltman.
    • Nobility The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence. "Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it.""They thought it great their sovereign to control,
      And named their pride nobility of soul."
    • Nobility The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank, station, or title, whether inherited or conferred. "I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda."
    • Nobility Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The handkerchief had been used by the Romans, who ordinarily wore two handkerchiefs: one on the left wrist and one tucked in at the waist or around the neck. In the fifteenth century, the handkerchief was for a time allowed only to the nobility; special laws were made to enforce this. The classical heritage was rediscovered during the Renaissance.
    • n nobility The character of being noble; nobleness; dignity of mind; that elevation of soul which comprehends bravery, generosity, magnanimity, intrepidity, and contempt of everything that dishonors character; loftiness of tone; greatness; grandeur.
    • n nobility Social or political preëminence, usually accompanied by special hereditary privileges, founded on hereditary succession or descent; eminence or dignity derived by inheritance from illustrious ancestors, or specially conferred by sovereign authority. The Constitution of the United States provides (art. 1, sec. ix.): “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States.”
    • n nobility A body of persons enjoying the privileges of nobility. Specifically— In Great Britain and Ireland, the body of persons holding titles in virtue of which they are members of the peerage. See peerage; see also quotations from Stubbs and Freeman under def. 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nobility no-bil′i-ti the quality of being noble: high rank: dignity: excellence: greatness of mind or character: antiquity of family: descent from noble ancestors: the persons holding the rank of nobles
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  • Albert Camus
    “Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.”
  • Solon
    “Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.”
  • Napoleon III
    Napoleon III
    “The army is the true nobility of our country.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. nobilitas,: cf. OF. nobilité,. See Noble


In literature:

They keep the patent of nobility conferred on them by Henri IV.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
So close was he to nature and the plain people that he ordered that all skilful charioteers in his employ should belong to the nobility.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
It is unworthy of you to slight the dignity of England's nobility, however poor we may be.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
Seventy-two members were of the nobility, a decided falling off from 1878, when they numbered 162.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
Few of the nobility appeared at the ceremony: they had most of them, either from shame or fear, retired to their own houses.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The ministers, the nobility, and officers of distinction, visited him at his arrival.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Even this fell into disuse upon the rise of the new Nobility, of which we shall speak in the next chapter.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
There was a disturbance in Novgorod, where the people did not appreciate the nobility of his character.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
In the contemporary complication much could be urged both for the Crown and the new and more national rally of the nobility.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
Then a company of the Prussian nobility in beautifully-decorated coaches, each drawn by six horses.
"Peter the Great" by Jacob Abbott
But yet much of the beauty and the nobility of the old, simple, restful, rich-hued life of the past still abode there, and remained with them.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
It was practised by the nobility of both sexes.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
I speak of the nobility of the heart and the mind.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
To question the nobility of the Hazlitt soul would be a sidestepping.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
They had become the servants of the nobility for hire.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
There was only one nobility for him, and that was the nobility of honest effort.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
A gallery was set apart for the nobility.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
It was not the booth I was thinking of, you see, but the bringing of all the nobility to spend a few pounds with you.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Her parents adore her and expect that she will unite them to the nobility, for she is as beautiful as an angel.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
After their duty was once performed no further attention was paid to them, unless they united with their office nobility or power.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin

In poetry:

And nobility will fleet,
With robe, and spur, and scutcheon vain;
For Coronets were but a cheat,
To hide the brand upon a Cain!
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
The men, who give,—not those, who take;
The hands, that bless,—yet hearts that break;
Those toilers for their foemen's sake;
Our England's true nobility!
"The Blackstone-Edge Gathering" by Ernest Jones
I know there is
A strange nobility in dogs, to bear
The utmost sport of children, that would seize
Man by the throat e'en for a finger touch--
But to your tale--
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Who tells you how clever one Mr. Fun-blank is,
How charming his Articles 'gainst the Nobility; —
And assures you that even a gentleman's rank is,
In Jeremy's school, of no sort of utility.
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore
Why prate of social status, class, or rank when earth
Is common tenting-ground, the heritage of all mankind?
Except in purity is there no royal birth,
No true nobility but nobleness of heart and mind.
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard
"Oh, John, you needn't be the least annoyed about that,
For all heads will be uncovered: the King will wear his hat."
Then he conducted John into a large hall,
Which was filled by the nobility, crown officers, and all.
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

There may be great passion, even nobility, in people's relationships with their pets.
The Nobility 's Jetpack's 2001 VHS Cassette.
Wow The Nobility Sends Us Very Impressive Press Package, Record (Available Oct 11) Is Good Too.
Physicians Heal the Nobility of the Woods.
The bad news is that sometimes family stories of noble ancestry are exaggerated, and many children of nobles came from extramarital unions that aren't recorded in nobility books.
Columnists Richard O Jones The Elusive Message in Proverbs 31 – Males also are called to Nobility.
'The nobility and honor with which he approached his role as an elected official was rare, and his commitment was unprecedented'.
LOU'S VIEWS: Demonstrating nobility (and lack thereof ).
Nobile earned his drag-racing license two years ago, before he graduated from high school in Dix Hills on Long Island.
Area residents are invited to hear evangelist Jason Dyke during the morning service this Sunday, March 13, at Nobility Baptist Church, located seven miles west of Leonard off of State Highway 78.
Nobile wins K&N Horsepower Challenge.
They're the two con men who latch onto Huck and Jim, claiming to be European nobility.
The other a master of human behavior in all its frequent awkwardness and occasional nobility.
Nobility, remembrance and a second tragedy.
There is, I suppose, a certain nobility in trying to make a living room or a car smell like a forest rather than, say, a pair of sweat-stained sneakers.

In science:

How come someone is born into nobility, and others are members of the proletariat.
Sociophysics Simulations
The peasants then can become slaves of the nobility owning the piece of territory on which the peasants work.
Sociophysics Simulations
Nobile, On Nash theory of arc structure of singularities, Ann.
Arcs, valuations and the Nash map
We also thank Alvise Nobile, Head of the Computer Center of the ICTP, and his staff for their assistance.
Test Evolution of Non-Axisymmetric Gravitational Waves