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
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)