Definition for NO'BLE

NO'BLE, a. [Fr. and Sp. noble; Port. nobre; It. nobile; L. nobilis, from nosco, novi, to know.]

  1. Great; elevated; dignified; being above every thing that can dishonor reputation; as, a noble mind; a noble courage; noble deeds of valor. Milton.
  2. Exalted; elevated; sublime. Statues with winding ivy crown'd, belong / To nobler poets for a nobler song. Dryden.
  3. Magnificent; stately; splendid; as, a noble parade; a noble edifice.
  4. Of an ancient and splendid family; as, noble by descent.
  5. Distinguished from commoners by rank and title; as, a noble personage.
  6. Free; generous; liberal; as, a noble heart.
  7. Principal; capital; as, the noble parts of the body. Johnson.
  8. Ingenuous; candid; of an excellent disposition; ready to receive truth. Acts xvii.
  9. Of the best kind; choice; excellent; as, a noble vine. Jer. ii.

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