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a noble cause (=an aim that is morally good)
▪ He died for a noble cause.
a noble ideal
▪ He was willing to sacrifice his life for this noble ideal.
▪ In this magnificent room, he looked as if he belonged, his face and bearing as noble as any aristocrat's.
▪ Among combatants, boxing is as noble a profession as there is.
▪ Similarly, the good and great could be seen as noble types appearing before their time.
▪ Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions.
▪ But I do not picture myself as noble and spiritual person, Harvey.
▪ He is shorter than the tallest of men, yet taller and more noble than those of middle height.
▪ The first reason sounds more noble than the second.
▪ You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins.
▪ Moon-music, so silvery, so far, so noble.
▪ Gifts given without cause and beyond the ability to expend, self-sacrifices which seem so noble at the time compose propitiation.
▪ Ironic that so noble an edifice should house so vile an organisation.
▪ He was at the same time very simple and very noble.
▪ Equality of opportunity is a very noble and moral goal, and any responsible democracy must do everything reasonable to provide it.
▪ He had seen her sitting at the high table among the other ladies of noble birth who served the Empress.
▪ This woman of noble birth chose to study philosophy rather than relish in her beauty.
▪ His long fingernails attest that his was not a life of hard physical labour but that he was probably of noble birth.
▪ Its ranks are open to all young men of noble birth regardless of where they live within the Empire.
▪ According to legend, Eurosia was a maiden of noble birth, who was promised to a pagan.
▪ There is nothing surprising in this continuing emphasis on noble birth and high social rank.
▪ Above these were the heavily armed cavalry, who were free vassals of noble blood.
▪ She could easily have noble blood, she looked the sort.
▪ Marlon may have got involved in a noble cause, but it got a lot of people's backs up in the business.
▪ Rarely in the annals of human history has any people committed so much of its treasure to such a noble cause.
▪ The only souls who escaped her torments were those who were pure in thought or who had died for a noble cause.
▪ This was a necessary but not a noble cause.
▪ Thus Barbarossa came from a noble family, with a background that suited him to his eventual imperial career.
▪ Within a region, several noble families competed for influence.
▪ Biscop Baducing was born into a noble family, then was ordained into the priesthood at the age of twenty-five.
▪ Intermarriage between the noble families means that all the counts are related at least distantly, and many are cousins or half-cousins.
▪ It was a sad sight with the faded grandeur of a once noble family home.
▪ It was not the Church's policy to execute the members of noble families retrieved from Jeopardy's clutches.
▪ Its lands are dotted with vineyards, villas and summer estates to which the noble families of the city retire.
▪ If the hon. Lady has any proposals, I am sure that my noble Friend would be interested to hear them.
▪ The report of my hon. and noble Friend Lady Cumberlege has clearly impressed my hon. Friend.
▪ My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State addressed a meeting of farmers in my constituency.
▪ My noble friend the Earl of Caithness has agreed to attend in my place.
▪ It looked no doubt much like other fortified noble houses of the period in Rome, although it was perhaps more lavishly decorated.
▪ The Reaver Knights are commonly made up of the wildest and most headstrong sons of the noble houses.
▪ Here was a country striving for the noblest ideals, breaking new ground ... Straight up!
▪ Alger's stories gave the country a noble ideal - a society in which imagination and effort summoned their just reward.
▪ Here were young people striving for the noblest ideals.
▪ The structure of agriculture makes it difficult to treat the peasant drive for noble land as the harbinger of rural capitalism.
▪ The peasantry wanted noble land without paying compensation; they wanted to see taxation and conscription done away with.
▪ These colonies are millstones around our necks, as a noble lord of my acquaintance once said.
▪ King: How now, my noble lords, good morrow!
▪ The noble Lord is not, you understand a personal friend of mine: just my current reading matter.
▪ a noble purpose
▪ a man of noble birth
▪ In the end, none of the characters are good or noble.
▪ The Siberian tiger is regarded as a noble creature.
▪ Above these were the heavily armed cavalry, who were free vassals of noble blood.
▪ He was rough as a bear in manner, but withal a noble, tender-hearted fellow and a splendid soldier.
▪ I was not paid to preside over disasters - however noble the cause.
▪ In its place she put her noble Negro, patient, saintly Tom.
▪ Those intentions were noble, the realisation fraught.
▪ These were not the great nobles.
▪ The great nobles or daimyos, the heads of clans and districts, numbered about 270.
▪ But none of this could disguise the fact that the great nobles had substantial bodies of experienced soldiers at their disposal.
▪ He represents a great noble of the Empire, perhaps even the Emperor himself.
▪ The concentration of extensive territorial power in the hands of a small number of great nobles became more marked than ever.
▪ Capetian successes in Poitou and Aquitaine were heavily dependent upon the volatile loyalty of the great magnates and nobles on Poitou.
▪ Meanwhile, his relationship with Northumberland brought other nobles into his orbit, most notably John lord Scrope of Bolton.
▪ He had done it by convening his kin and friends and other nobles in his support.
▪ a gathering of kings and nobles
▪ And at the very top, the ancient immunities of kings and nobles.
▪ Fathers who wanted to become nobles sacrificed their own children at altars.
▪ He attends the Imperial court in Altdorf and is one of Karl Franz's oldest and most trusted nobles.
▪ In relation to the total number of nobles in Gascony, the proportion of knights was therefore relatively small.
▪ Meanwhile, his relationship with Northumberland brought other nobles into his orbit, most notably John lord Scrope of Bolton.
▪ Might this religion not encourage revolt on the part of the nobles and peasants, as it rather did in 1638?
▪ Second, and more important, even nobles who were determined to be recalcitrant expressed their recalcitrance in many different ways.
▪ The range of opinions expressed by nobles on the provincial committees made plain to St Petersburg that it had to act alone.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lyrie \Ly"rie\ (l[imac]"r[i^]), n. [Icel. hl[=y]ri a sort of fish.] (Zo["o]l.) A European fish ( Peristethus cataphractum), having the body covered with bony plates, and having three spines projecting in front of the nose; -- called also noble, pluck, pogge, sea poacher, and armed bullhead.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.\n

\nMeaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).


"man of rank," c.1300, from noble (adj.). The same noun sense also is in Old French and Latin. Late 14c. as the name of an English coin first issued in reign of Edward III.


a. 1 Having honorable qualities; having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in conduct and character. 2 grand; stately; magnificent; splendid. n. 1 An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood. (from 14th c.) 2 (context now historical English) A medieval gold coin of England in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually valued at 6s 8d. (from 14th c.)

  1. adj. having high moral qualities; "a noble spirit"; "a solid citizen"; "an upstanding man"; "a worthy successor" [syn: solid, upstanding, worthy]

  2. impressive in appearance; "a baronial mansion"; "an imposing residence"; "a noble tree"; "severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses"; "stately columns" [syn: baronial, imposing, stately]

  3. of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times; "of noble birth" [ant: lowborn]

  4. having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character; "a noble spirit"; "noble deeds" [ant: ignoble]

  5. inert especially toward oxygen; "a noble gas such as helium or neon"; "noble metals include gold and silver and platinum"


n. a titled peer of the realm [syn: Lord, nobleman] [ant: Lady, Lady]

Noble, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 746
Housing Units (2000): 363
Land area (2000): 1.023734 sq. miles (2.651458 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.004787 sq. miles (0.012397 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.028521 sq. miles (2.663855 sq. km)
FIPS code: 53143
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 38.698408 N, 88.222313 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62868
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Noble, IL
Noble, OK -- U.S. city in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 5260
Housing Units (2000): 2134
Land area (2000): 12.522112 sq. miles (32.432120 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.368401 sq. miles (0.954154 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 12.890513 sq. miles (33.386274 sq. km)
FIPS code: 52150
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 35.141173 N, 97.388807 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73068
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Noble, OK
Noble, LA -- U.S. village in Louisiana
Population (2000): 259
Housing Units (2000): 104
Land area (2000): 1.027435 sq. miles (2.661044 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.027435 sq. miles (2.661044 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55420
Located within: Louisiana (LA), FIPS 22
Location: 31.690237 N, 93.682087 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 71462
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Noble, LA
Noble -- U.S. County in Indiana
Population (2000): 46275
Housing Units (2000): 18233
Land area (2000): 411.111958 sq. miles (1064.775038 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 6.498615 sq. miles (16.831334 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 417.610573 sq. miles (1081.606372 sq. km)
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 41.408138 N, 85.413889 W
Noble, IN
Noble County
Noble County, IN
Noble -- U.S. County in Ohio
Population (2000): 14058
Housing Units (2000): 5480
Land area (2000): 399.000092 sq. miles (1033.405451 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 5.585395 sq. miles (14.466106 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 404.585487 sq. miles (1047.871557 sq. km)
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 39.773140 N, 81.471413 W
Noble, OH
Noble County
Noble County, OH
Noble -- U.S. County in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 11411
Housing Units (2000): 5082
Land area (2000): 731.902669 sq. miles (1895.619130 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 10.535184 sq. miles (27.286001 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 742.437853 sq. miles (1922.905131 sq. km)
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.369302 N, 97.237878 W
Noble, OK
Noble County
Noble County, OK
Noble (record label)

Noble is a Japanese record label founded in 2001. Specializing in experimental electronic music, especially with influences from glitch and post-rock, artists from its roster have been tremendously influential and popular in the Japanese electronic music and post-rock scene.


A noble is a member of the nobility.

Noble may also refer to:

Noble (horse)

Noble (1783 – after 1796) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from May 1786 to May 1788 he ran at least three times and won two races. He won the seventh running of the Epsom Derby as a 30/1 outsider in what was probably his first race. His only other success came at Newmarket later that year. He was retired to stud where he stood as a stallion for several years but made little impact as a sire of winners.

Noble (English coin)

The noble was the first English gold coin produced in quantity, having been preceded by the gold penny and the florin earlier in the reigns of King Henry III and King Edward III, which saw little circulation. The derivatives of the noble, the half noble and quarter noble, on the other hand, were produced in quantity and were very popular.

The value of the coin was six shillings and eight pence (written 6/8), which was equivalent to eighty pence or one-third of a pound sterling. The weight was changed from issue to issue to maintain this value until 1464 when the value was increased. Throughout the history of this denomination there are many varieties of inscriptions, mintmarks, and to some extent, design.

Noble (Manx coin)

The ManxNoble is a platinum bullion coin minted by the Pobjoy Mint from 1983 to 1989. Nobles are legal tender but they do not have a fixed face value; instead, like the gold Krugerrand, they are legal tender to the value of their precious metal content.

The obverse shows Queen Elizabeth II with the text Isle of Man and Elizabeth II in capitals. The reverse shows a viking ship with the denomination and the platinum content with the words Platinum fine.


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Noble (album)

Noble (full title Noble -Vampire Chronicles-) is the debut album from Versailles. It was first released digitally on July 9, 2008 exclusively on international iTunes Stores, and then in a standard CD release on July 16.

This album was released in four different editions. The first edition is the standard Japanese edition which came with 12 tracks and an additional DVD containing three music videos. The European edition released on the same day featured the single version of " The Revenant Choir" as a bonus track. The American edition was released on October 21, 2009 and featured the song " Prince" as its bonus track. The Japanese re-issue also contained "Prince" as a bonus track, but it did not include the DVD. It reached number 42 on the Oricon Charts and stayed on the charts for 4 weeks.

Noble (surname)

Noble is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Sir Andrew Noble, 1st Baronet (1831–1915), Scottish physicist
  • Ann C. Noble, sensory chemist and retired professor from the University of California, Davis
  • Arthur Noble (1695–1746), Lieutenant-Colonel of the Massachusetts Bay Colonial Militia
  • Anne Noble, a New Zealand photographer
  • Bill Noble, an Australian rugby league footballer
  • Brian Noble (disambiguation)
  • Christina Noble (born 1944), Irish children's rights campaigner
  • David Noble (disambiguation)
  • Denis Noble (born 1936), British physiologist and emeritus professor at the University of Oxford
  • Dudy Noble (1893–1963), American athlete, coach, and administrator
  • Elmer Noble (1909–2001), American biologist
  • Emma Noble (born 1971), actress and model, former daughter in law of Sir John Major
  • Frank Noble (born 1945), footballer who played for Peterborough United
  • Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (1894–1940), American zoologist
  • Sir Iain Noble, 3rd Baronet (born 1935), champion of Gaelic from Skye
  • James Noble (senator) (1785–1831), 19th century U.S. senator
  • James Noble (actor) (1922–2016), 20th century U.S. actor
  • James H. Noble (1851-1912), American physician and politician
  • Jamie Noble (born 1976), professional wrestler
  • John Noble (born 1948), Australian actor
  • John H. Noble, American inmate of the Soviet Gulag at Vorkuta
  • Lee Noble, British car designer and owner of Noble Automotive
  • Mark Noble (born 1987), English footballer
  • Matthew Noble (1818–1876), British sculptor
  • Morgan Noble, American politician
  • Monty Noble (1873-1940), Australian cricketer
  • Ray Noble (1903–1978), British bandleader, composer and actor
  • Ray Noble (baseball) (1919–1998), Cuban baseball player
  • Rayner Noble (born 1961), American college baseball coach
  • Reg Noble (1895–1962), former NHL Hockey player
  • Richard Noble (born 1946), former land speed record holder
  • Ross Noble (born 1976), British stand-up comedian, born in Cramlington, England
  • Sierra Noble (born 1990) Canadian musician
  • T. Tertius Noble (1867–1953), British organist and composer
  • Trisha Noble (born 1944), Australian singer and actress
  • Warren Noble (inventor), inventor of electric stove
  • William Noble (disambiguation)
Noble (film)

Noble is a 2014 film written and directed by Stephen Bradley about the true life story of Christina Noble, a children's rights campaigner, charity worker and writer, who founded the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in 1989. It stars Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Mark Huberman and Ruth Negga.

Noble (given name)

Noble is the given name of the following people:

  • Noble Doss (1920–2009), American National Football League halfback
  • Noble S. Elderkin (1810–1875), American politician
  • Noble Ellington (born 1942), American politician and businessman
  • Noble Jones Gregory (1897–1971), American politician
  • Noble Foster Hoggson (1865-?), American builder, architect and author
  • Noble A. Hull (1827–1907), American politician
  • Noble Johnson (1881–1978), African-American actor and film producer
  • Noble J. Johnson (1887–1968), American politician and judge
  • Noble Jones (1702–1775), one of the first settlers of the Province of Georgia and one of its leading officials
  • Noble Wimberly Jones (c. 1723–1805), American physician and statesman, son of the above
  • Noble Jorgensen (1925–1982), basketball player
  • Noble Kizer (1900–1940), American football and basketball player, football coach and college athletics administrator
  • Noble C. Powell (1891–1968), American Episcopal bishop
  • Noble Sissle (1889–1975), American jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader, singer and playwright
  • Noble Threewitt (1911–2010), American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
  • Noble Villeneuve (born 1938), Canadian former politician
  • Noble "Thin Man" Watts (1926–2004), American blues, jump blues and rhythm-and-blues saxophonist
  • Noble Willingham (1931–2004), American actor

Usage examples of "noble".

The Empress might have enough support among the nobles to keep a precarious hold on her throne, but she had made no overtures to the common folk, and they were solidly opposed to the idea of an Aberrant ruler.

Empress is wooing the nobles as well as she can, by introducing them to the Aberrant child so that they may see she is not deformed or freakish.

He was killed in much the same manner as Lord Abet and the other nobles these past months.

A cardinal had just been created in Australia, and an officer of the Noble Guard had to be sent with the Ablegate to carry the biglietto and the skull-cap.

It was only natural that once everyone had had time to adjust to the tragic void created by his departure, they would turn to that one person who could so ably fill the gap, that one person whose standards of excellence were above reproach, that one person whom they could rely upon to continue the noble traditions of the fair-Irina Stoddard!

I also became acquainted there with the Count of Roquendorf and Count Sarotin, and with several noble young ladies who are called in Germany frauleins, and with a baroness who had led a pretty wild life, but who could yet captivate a man.

She did not like to tell the noble canon, and thinking that I was more likely to be acquainted with such emergencies she came up to me and told me all.

Noble grief there is in him, and Noble melancholy can come upon him, but acquiescence is his last word.

Man is a noble creation, and he has fine and sturdy qualities which command the admiration of the other sex, but how will it be when that sex, by reason of superior acquirements, is able to look down on him intellectually?

Besides acquiring by arms such a noble territory in France, besides defending it against continual attempts of the French monarch and all its neighbors, besides exerting many acts of vigor under their present sovereign, they had, about this very time, revived their ancient fame, by the most hazardous exploits, and the moat wonderful successes, in the other extremity of Europe.

And in the event, it has hitherto been found, that, though some sensible inconveniencies arise from the maxim of adhering strictly to law, yet the advantages overbalance them, and should render the English grateful to the memory of their ancestors, who, after repeated contests, at last established that noble, though dangerous principle.

If I had been born in Spain I should be noble, but as it is I adore you, and I hope you will make me happy.

A virtue is none the less to be desired for its own sake, because it has some adventitious profit connected with it: indeed, in most cases the noblest virtues are accompanied by many extraneous advantages, but it is the virtues that lead the way, and these merely follow in their train.

In the mean time Father Agaric, who managed his big school for young nobles, followed events with anxious attention.

But she was not Moon, she was the ageless Queen of Winter, and as he watched her deal with the off worlders and nobles who came before her at court that truth was made plain to him over and over.