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noble  

  ( nobles    plural)   ( nobler    comparative)   ( noblest    superlative  )
1       adj   If you say that someone is a noble person, you admire and respect them because they are unselfish and morally good.,   (approval)    He was an upright and noble man who was always willing to help in any way he could..., I wanted so much to believe he was pure and noble.     
  nobly      adv   ADV with v  
Eric's sister had nobly volunteered to help with the gardening...     
2       adj   If you say that something is a noble idea, goal, or action, you admire it because it is based on high moral principles.,   (approval)    He had implicit faith in the noble intentions of the Emperor..., We'll always justify our actions with noble sounding theories...     
3       adj   If you describe something as noble, you think that its appearance or quality is very impressive, making it superior to other things of its type.   (=fine)  
...the great parks with their noble trees.     
4       adj   Noble means belonging to a high social class and having a title.  
usu ADJ n   (=aristocratic)  
Although he was of noble birth he lived as a poor man.     
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nobble, nobleman, notable, nobly

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n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. The concept is now limited to royal marriages. Syn. Morganatic marriage or marriage of the left hand.
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”

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