Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To make noble.
  • transitive verb To confer nobility upon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To bestow with nobility, honour or grace.
  • verb 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English *ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir : en-, causative pref.; see en– + noble, noble; see noble.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir.

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