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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADJECTIVE landed ▪ The landed nobility provided tsarism with a perilously narrow social base. ▪ For the landed nobility , the impact of Emancipation was deeply disturbing. ▪ The landed nobility showed no inclination to build...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nobility \No*bil"i*ty\, n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilit['e]. See Noble .] 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...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 A noble or privileged social class, historically accompanied by a hereditary title; aristocracy. 2 (context uncountable English) The quality of being noble.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from Old French nobilite "high rank; dignity, grace; great deed" (12c., Modern French nobilité ), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas ) "celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority;...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a privileged class holding hereditary titles [syn: aristocracy ] the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or conduct [syn: magnanimousness , grandeur ] the state of being of noble birth [syn: noblesse ]

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Nobility is a social class , normally ranked immediately under royalty , that possesses more acknowledged privileges or eminence than most other classes in a society, membership thereof typically being hereditary. The privileges associated with nobility...

Usage examples of nobility.

At her house I made the acquaintance of several gamblers, and of three or four frauleins who, without any dread of the Commissaries of Chastity, were devoted to the worship of Venus, and were so kindly disposed that they were not afraid of lowering their nobility by accepting some reward for their kindness--a circumstance which proved to me that the Commissaries were in the habit of troubling only the girls who did not frequent good houses.

It was no wonder that he rose to such a height, as in Russia the nobility never lower themselves by accepting church dignities.

The rise of the cities, the aggrandizement of the princes, and the change to a commercial from a feudal society all worked to the disadvantage of the smaller nobility and gentry.

If you object to my terminology as exalting too much the common man, as putting sacred things to profane use, as demeaning prophecy and nobility and poesy, I shall answer that it is because of the narrowing definitions of convention that only the makers of verses, and not all of those, are poets, that only men of certain birth or ancestry or favor are dukes, and that prophets have entirely disappeared.

But with what a lordly freedom from all obligation does citizen Anet, representative of this nobility of sex, accept the allegiance!

As for the Nobility, they had been as preoccupied with a violent and ghastly spectacle of a different character: down in Westminster, the Whigs had suddenly begun to ask pointed questions as to what had become of certain Asiento revenues.

Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

He saw Mademoiselle Mimi, with two eyes encircled with an aureola of satisfied voluptuousness, leaving the residence in which she had acquired her title of nobility, on the arm of her new lord and master, who, to tell the truth, appeared far less proud of her new conquest than Paris after the rape of Helen.

The other Irish, divided between their clergy, who were averse to Ormond, and their nobility, who were attached to him, were very uncertain in their motions and feeble in their measures.

I will content myself with observing that if Madame de Maintenon conceived the first idea of it, it is the great benefactions of the monarch and the profound recognition of the nobility which have given stability and renown to this house.

The loss of so much French nobility caused royal commissioners afterward to scour the provinces for bourgeois and rich peasants prepared to pay for ennoblement.

He wore the purple cincture, showing that he was of the nobility, and his accouterments blazed with jewels.

Quite right--of course--and proper, but Coode would do it with too much nobility, or as though it was the one and only funeral he had ever met.

Such a man as I have just portrayed could not make a fortune in Venice, because an aristocratic government can not obtain a state of lasting, steady peace at home unless equality is maintained amongst the nobility, and equality, either moral or physical, cannot be appreciated in any other way than by appearances.

The nobility and grace of this remark completely upset me, and I ran out to weep like a child, in the garden where no one could see me.