Definition of nobiliary in US English:



  • Relating to the nobility.

    • ‘That they may not be officially recognised by the new government does not affect their traditional validity or their accepted status in international heraldic, chivalric and nobiliary circles.’
    • ‘Establishing the nobiliary status of such families depends upon various factors and is essentially twofold.’
    • ‘The lintel is carved in only one lithic piece and we can see four busts and the nobiliary coat of arms.’
    • ‘To re-establish chivalry the king resorted to nobiliary archetypes from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and placed himself as a mirror for the nobility to imitate.’
    • ‘The rather emotional subject of nobiliary stylings and the current legalities/usages in Ireland is covered objectively and without any agenda.’


Mid 18th century: from French nobiliaire, based on Latin nobilis (see noble).