of noble descent definition, of noble descent meaning | English dictionary




1    of or relating to a hereditary class with special social or political status, often derived from a feudal period  
2    of or characterized by high moral qualities; magnanimous  
a noble deed     
3    having dignity or eminence; illustrious  
4    grand or imposing; magnificent  
a noble avenue of trees     
5    of superior quality or kind; excellent  
a noble strain of horses     
6      (Chem)  
a    (of certain elements) chemically unreactive  
b    (of certain metals, esp. copper, silver, and gold) resisting oxidation  
7      (Falconry)  
a    designating long-winged falcons that capture their quarry by stooping on it from above  
   Compare       ignoble  
b    designating the type of quarry appropriate to a particular species of falcon  
8    a person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent  
9    (in the British Isles) a person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent  
10    a former Brit. gold coin having the value of one third of a pound  
     (C13: via Old French from Latin nobilis, originally, capable of being known, hence well-known, noble, from noscere to know)  
  nobleness      n  
  nobly      adv  

noble art   , science  
      n   the. boxing  
noble gas  
      n      another name for       inert gas       1  
noble rot  
      n     (Winemaking)   a condition in which grapes are deliberately affected by Botrytis cinerea, resulting in the shrivelling of the ripened grapes, which in turn leads to an increased sugar content  
     (C20: translation of French pourriture noble)  
noble savage  
      n   (in romanticism) an idealized view of primitive man  
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