a. 1 (context archaic English) Of high social standing as a result of having been born a member of an upper-level social class. 2 (context archaic English) Born a member of an upper-level social class (although not necessarily retaining high social standing) 3 Of, pertaining to, or befitting people of high social standing. 4 (context figuratively English) Of superior or premium quality; magnificent; expensive. alt. 1 (context archaic English) Of high social standing as a result of having been born a member of an upper-level social class. 2 (context archaic English) Born a member of an upper-level social class (although not necessarily retaining high social standing) 3 Of, pertaining to, or befitting people of high social standing. 4 (context figuratively English) Of superior or premium quality; magnificent; expensive.
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Usage examples of "highborn".
Until then, the highborn Loo and their guards stay in the Concatenation amphitheater, bidding for various Acts.
Yet it was not politic to cast her off, for she was no Metella Calva, coupling indiscriminately with the lowborn, nor did she couple with the highborn.
Forty-eight frightened eyes stared back at herthe entire Highborn population of the Coman compound, most under the age of thirteen.
Algernon would never be free of highborn idiots like Quinnipiac interfering with his career.
I knew that, Highborn, I would have a better idea myself whether to stand here, run away, or compose the last thoughts of my regrettably brief life.
From the dust of crumbling walls and columns in the once-proud city of a highborn race, the Caretakers had rescued the memory of Dekra and its inhabitants.
Frank Blair knew that John Fremont had delusions of omnipotence, but how does anyone deal with a highborn, power-bred lady who considers herself the partner, protector, and promoter of the greatest man on earth?
Gossip, flirtations, negotiations, assignations, betrayals, confidences—the highborn, ranked and wealthy, all danced their dances just as they had for years, as their fathers' had, and as their grandfathers had.
She thought of those six aging Kendar driven out, beginning what for five of them had been a death march to Tai-tastigon, and all because of one arrogant Highborn, one of her own race.
On the fourth wall facing east was a map of Rathillien in colored glass, all Kendar work, of course: the Highborn were about as artistically inept as an intelligent race could be.
They found the archduke's dear, departed daughter moldering in the dungeon, her highborn corpse alongside the daughters of swineherds and hod carriers.
There was an old woman of his court, a highborn lady who swore that Rianna and Norrel never had a moment of privacy—never more than a moment.
Housewives, maids, servants and street sweepers and night soil collectors, porters and hawkers, moneylenders, letter writers and fortunetellers, palanquins and ponies for samurai and highborn and never a wheeled vehicle.