Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make noble: "that chastity of honor . . . which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil” ( Edmund Burke).
  • transitive v. To confer nobility upon: ennoble a prime minister for distinguished service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bestow with nobility, honour or grace.
  • v. To ennoble textile fabrics, the industrial processes of dry-cleaning, printing and embossing, and sizing and finishing, which together are known as 'ennobling fabrics'.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make noble; to elevate in degree, qualities, or excellence; to dignify.
  • transitive v. To raise to the rank of nobility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make noble; confer a title of nobility on.
  • To dignify; exalt; elevate in degree, excellence, or respect.
  • To make notable, famous, or memorable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confer dignity or honor upon
  • v. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

Etymologies

Middle English *ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + noble, noble; see noble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir. (Wiktionary)

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