noblesse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman noblesse, noblesce et al., Old French noblace, nobleche et al., from noble (noble).

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Noun[edit]

noblesse (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being noble; nobleness.
    • c. 1395, Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Clerk's Tale’, The Canterbury Tales, Ellesmere ms:
      I yow took/ out of youre pouere array / And putte yow / in estaat of heigh noblesse.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XIX, Ch.x:
      his moder had discouerd in her pryde / how she had wroughte that by enchauntement / soo that he shold neuer be hole vntyl the best knyghte of the world had serched his woundes / [] / And yf I fayle to hele hym here in this land I wylle neuer take more payne vpon me / and that is pyte for he was a good knyghte and of grete noblenes
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  2. The nobility; peerage.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.8:
      Faire braunch of noblesse, flowre of cheualrie, / That with your worth the world amazed make, / How shall I quite the paines, ye suffer for my sake?
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French, see noble +‎ -esse

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noblesse f (uncountable)

  1. nobility

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