Definitions

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

  • adj. Of noble birth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of high social standing as a result of having been born a member of an upper-level social class.
  • adj. Born a member of an upper-level social class (although not necessarily retaining high social standing)
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or befitting people of high social standing.
  • adj. Of superior or premium quality; magnificent; expensive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of noble or aristocratic birth. Contrasted with lowborn and common.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of high rank by birth; of noble birth or extraction.

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

  • adj. belonging to the peerage

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Examples

  • She was surrounded by thousands of onlookers, including two dozen of the so-called highborn, as well as Tanek and Sirajaldin.

    Breakdowns

  • "Superfluous" sons and daughters were often sent to one temple or another; the sons of the highborn were the ones that became the priests that were ultimately placed in the best situations.

    Brightly Burning

  • Country folk in both the United States and Mexico often live under unfortunate circumstances but that does not excuse your belittling them because you consider yourself to be "highborn".

    small town living

  • She'd been careful to dye equal amounts of all three kinds of thread, too - linen for embroidering on light fabrics, sheep's wool for tapestry work on canvas, such as highborn ladies indulged in, or for embroidering woolen clothing and leather, and chirra-wool for work on heavier fabrics than linen.

    Owlsight

  • Livia is the highborn conniver who facilitates both intrigues, and later falls for Bianca's lowborn husband, Leantio.

    Theater review: Constellation Theatre's 'Women Beware Women'

  • She was an accomplished flirt—but then, this was the golden age of flirting among the highborn on both sides of the Atlantic.

    George Washington’s First War

  • In America the intense desire to accumulate wealth and power was democratized; the wealthy, the highborn, the titled, the poor immigrant boy, the disappointed New England businessman, the dispossessed farmer, the unemployed young man all believed they had a right to the pots of gold at the end of the American rainbow.

    Bird Cloud

  •  Perhaps, to make you laugh again, I'll talk of some mysterious highborn stranger whom I chanced to meet and lie with in a golden flash of destiny.

    Fourteen Days In November

  • So dogged was his defense of farmland and wilderness that even good friends, and, importantly, fellow highborn Dutchmen such as Martin Schoonmaker, failed to recognize their once cheerful fellow gentleman farmer.

    MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

  • The highborn Anglican congregation included the Willings, Ben Franklin, several judges, and Philadelphia mayor Samuel Powel.

    Robert Morris

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