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noble

1. of or relating to a hereditary class with special social or political status, often derived from a feudal period
2. Chem
a. (of certain elements) chemically unreactive
b. (of certain metals, esp copper, silver, and gold) resisting oxidation
3. Falconry
a. designating long-winged falcons that capture their quarry by stooping on it from above
b. designating the type of quarry appropriate to a particular species of falcon
4. a person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent
5. (in the British Isles) a person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent
6. a former Brit gold coin having the value of one third of a pound
References in classic literature ?
He who obtains sovereignty by the assistance of the nobles maintains himself with more difficulty than he who comes to it by the aid of the people, because the former finds himself with many around him who consider themselves his equals, and because of this he can neither rule nor manage them to his liking.
At sight of her Salensus Oll rose and drew his sword, and the sword of each of the fifty nobles was raised on high to form an arch, beneath which the poor, beautiful creature was dragged toward her doom.
How much more, to behold an ancient noble family, which has stood against the waves and weathers of time
Along one broad avenue and then another he strode briskly until he had passed beyond the district of the nobles and had come to the place of shops.
In a grim old castle in Essex, only last night, a great lord of England held by force the beautiful daughter of a noble house, and, when she spurned his advances, he struck her with his clenched fist upon her fair face, and with his brute hands choked her.
Well, to the king, the nobles, and all the nation, down to the very slaves and tramps, I was just that kind of an elephant, and nothing more.
Is it too much that two Saxons, myself and the noble Athelstane, should hold land in the country which was once the patrimony of our race?
Also to the good, a noble one standeth in the way: and even when they call him a good man, they want thereby to put him aside.
cried the blind man; 'what does my noble captain drink--is it brandy, rum, usquebaugh?
What," replied he, "do you live in Bagdad, and not know that here lives the noble Sindbad the Sailor, that famous traveller who sailed over every sea upon which the sun shines?