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 Dictionary entry overview: What does noble mean? 

NOBLE (noun)
  The noun NOBLE has 1 sense:

1. a titled peer of the realm

  Familiarity information: NOBLE used as a noun is very rare.

NOBLE (adjective)
  The adjective NOBLE has 4 senses:

1. impressive in appearance
2. of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times
3. having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character
4. inert especially toward oxygen

  Familiarity information: NOBLE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

NOBLE (noun)

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A titled peer of the realm

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


noble; nobleman; Lord

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

male aristocrat (a man who is an aristocrat)

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

armiger (a nobleman entitled to bear heraldic arms)

viscount ((in various countries) a son or younger brother or a count)

thane (a feudal lord or baron)

sire (a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority)

peer (a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage)

palatine; palsgrave ((Middle Ages) the lord of a palatinate who exercised sovereign powers over his lands)

milord (a term of address for an English lord)

mesne lord (a feudal lord who was lord to his own tenants on land held from a superior lord)

marquess; marquis (nobleman (in various countries) ranking above a count)

margrave (a German nobleman ranking above a count (corresponding in rank to a British marquess))

grandee (a nobleman of highest rank in Spain or Portugal)

duke (a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank)

count (a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl)

burgrave (a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right)

baron (a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank)

Instance hyponyms:

Don Juan (a legendary Spanish nobleman and philanderer who became the hero of many poems and plays and operas)

Mortimer; Roger de Mortimer (English nobleman who deposed Edward II and was executed by Edward III (1287-1330))

NOBLE (adjective)

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Impressive in appearance


stately; noble; imposing; baronial

Context examples:

a baronial mansion / an imposing residence / a noble tree / severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses / stately columns


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

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Of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

Context example:

of noble birth


royal (being of the rank of a monarch)

queenlike; queenly (having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen)

princely (having the rank of or befitting a prince)

monarchal; monarchical (having the characteristics of or befitting or worthy of a monarch)

kinglike; kingly (having the rank of or resembling or befitting a king)

imperial; majestic; purple; regal; royal (belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler)

coroneted; highborn; titled (belonging to the peerage)

august; grand; lordly (of or befitting a lord)

aristocratic; aristocratical; blue; blue-blooded; gentle; patrician (belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy)


patrician (of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire)


lowborn (of humble birth or origins)

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Having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character

Context examples:

a noble spirit / noble deeds


greathearted; magnanimous (noble and generous in spirit)

exalted; grand; high-flown; high-minded; idealistic; lofty; noble-minded; rarefied; rarified; sublime (of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style)

dignifying; ennobling (investing with dignity or honor)


honorable; honourable (worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect)


grandeur; magnanimousness; nobility; nobleness (the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct)


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

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Inert especially toward oxygen

Context examples:

a noble gas such as helium or neon / noble metals include gold and silver and platinum


unreactive (not reacting chemically)

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