Definition of nobilitate in English:



[with object]archaic, rare
  • Give (someone) a noble rank or title; ennoble.

    ‘the frequent nobilitating of rich commoners’
    • ‘He had recommended him to be nobilitated.’
    • ‘I affirmed I would write to her Highness to nobilitate him with title of higher honour and dignity.’
    • ‘His Lordship also (before he was nobilitated) had his coat armorial, according to the bearing of his ancestors, gilded on his closet books.’
    • ‘He might overpower his opposites in the House of Peers, by nobilitating his natural children, or creating noblemen whom he pleased.’
    • ‘The only way to be nobilitated was through valour in the battlefield, and not through other merits.’
    elevate to the nobility, elevate to the peerage, raise to the nobility, raise to the peerage, create someone a noble, make someone a noble
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Early 16th century: from Latin nobilitat-, from nobilitare ‘to raise in rank’: see -ate.