see also: Noble, NOBLE
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈnəʊbəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈnoʊbəl/

noble (plural nobles)

  1. An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood. [from 14th c.]
    This country house was occupied by nobles in the 16th century.
    Antonyms: commoner, plebeian
  2. (historical) A medieval gold coin of England in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually valued at 6s 8d. [from 14th c.]
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      I lyked no thynge his playe, / For yf I had not quyckely fledde the touche, / He had plucte oute the nobles of my pouche.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others? not he who takes up armes for cote and conduct, and his four nobles of Danegelt.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, page 93:
      There, before the high altar, as the choir's voices soared upwards to the blue, star-flecked ceiling, Henry knelt and made his offering of a ‘noble in gold’, 6s 8d.
Translations Adjective

noble (comparative nobler, superlative noblest)

  1. Having honorable qualities; having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in conduct and character.
    He made a noble effort.
    He is a noble man who would never put his family in jeopardy.
    Synonyms: great, honorable
    Antonyms: despicable, ignoble, mean, vile
  2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid.
    a noble edifice
  3. Of exalted rank; of or relating to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn.
    noble blood; a noble personage
    Synonyms: superior
    Antonyms: inferior, plebeian
  4. (geometry, of a polyhedron) Both isohedral and isogonal.
Translations Translations
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A male given name

Proper noun
  1. (US) Initialism of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

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