noblesse de robe

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Literally "nobleness of the robe" (or "of the gown").


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  1. In the Ancien Régime, a status of nobility due to one's office, such as a judge, an arbiter, etc.
    • 1862, Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, I.1.i:
      M. Myriel était fils d'un conseiller au parlement d'Aix; noblesse de robe.

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