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NOBILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nobility mean? 

NOBILITY (noun)
  The noun NOBILITY has 3 senses:

1. a privileged class holding hereditary titles
2. the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
3. the state of being of noble birth

  Familiarity information: NOBILITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NOBILITY (noun)


Sense 1nobility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A privileged class holding hereditary titles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

aristocracy; nobility

Hypernyms ("nobility" is a kind of...):

elite; elite group (a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status)

Meronyms (members of "nobility"):

aristocrat; blue blood; patrician (a member of the aristocracy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nobility"):

samurai (feudal Japanese military aristocracy)

knighthood (aristocrats holding the rank of knight)

lords temporal; second estate (the second estate of the realm: the nobility (especially British nobility) of the rank of duke or marquess or earl or viscount or baron)

baronetage (the collective body of baronets)

baronage; peerage (the peers of a kingdom considered as a group)

noblesse (members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility))

Instance hyponyms:

Ferdinand and Isabella (joint monarchs of Spain; Ferdinand V and Isabella I)

William and Mary (joint monarchs of England; William III and Mary II)


Sense 2nobility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

magnanimousness; nobleness; grandeur; nobility

Hypernyms ("nobility" is a kind of...):

honorableness; honourableness (the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor)

Attribute:

noble (having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character)

ignoble (completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nobility"):

high-mindedness; idealism; noble-mindedness (elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued)

sublimity (nobility in thought or feeling or style)


Sense 3nobility [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being of noble birth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

noblesse; nobility

Hypernyms ("nobility" is a kind of...):

position; status (the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nobility"):

purple (of imperial status)


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