1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence.
Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it. --Sir P. Sidney.
They thought it great their sovereign to control,
And named their pride nobility of soul. --Dryden.
2. The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank, station, or title, whether inherited or conferred.
I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda. --Dryden.
3. Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility.
n 1: a privileged class holding hereditary titles [syn: aristocracy]
2: the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or
conduct [syn: magnanimousness, grandeur]
3: the state of being of noble birth [syn: noblesse]