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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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Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, 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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