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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.
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