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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin nobilis

noble

1 adjective
     
no‧ble1
1 morally good or generous in a way that is admired:
It's very noble of you to spend all your weekends helping the old folk.
noble ideals
2 [only before noun] belonging to the nobility
noble family/blood/birth etc
a member of an ancient noble family
The Marquis would have to marry a woman of noble blood.
3 something that is noble is very impressive and beautiful:
the old church with its noble tower
4

noble gas/metal

HCE technical a noble gas or metal is not affected chemically by other substances base metal
5

noble savage

literary someone who comes from a society that is less developed or interested in money than western countries, making them morally better than people who live in western countries

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