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Dictionary Definition

noblesse

Noun

1 the state of being of noble birth [syn: nobility]
2 members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility)

User Contributed Dictionary

French

Etymology

From noble.

Pronunciation

/nɔblɛs/

Noun

noblesse f
  1. nobility

Extensive Definition

This article is about Scottish nobility. For the cigarette brand, see Noblesse (cigarette).
In Scotland, the name used for the titled and untitled nobility. The term, derived from the French, remains in use in grants of arms from the Court of the Lord Lyon, the Scottish king of arms.

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