Definition of unnoble in US English:



  • 1Not of noble birth or rank.

  • 2Of or relating to a person who is not of noble birth or rank. Now rare.

  • 3Of a person (also occasionally of an animal): not noble in disposition; ignoble, base. Also in early use: †considered unworthy of honour or respect; despised, dishonoured (obsolete).

  • 4Of, relating to, or characteristic of such a person or his or her behaviour.

  • 5Of a thing: undistinguished, unremarkable, common, mean. Now rare.


  • with object To make (a person or thing) no longer noble.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From un- + noble, partly after classical Latin ignōbilis ignoble<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From un- + noble, originally after Italian dinobilitare.