Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the nobility.

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  • adj. pertaining or related to nobility

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the nobility.
  • n. A history of noble families.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the nobility.
  • n. A history of noble families.

Etymologies

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

French nobiliaire, from Latin nōbilis, noble; see noble.

Examples

  • Valette (she probably had no right to the "nobiliary" _de_ although she signed her name thus) was the daughter of Pierre Valette,

    Women in the Life of Balzac

  • Mr. Iggulden's editors should have also known that the nobiliary particle "von" is not capitalized.

    Mongols on the Moskva

  • So after the great royal and nobiliary collections that gave rise to the first museums, there appeared less ambitious collections gathered by wealthy enthusiasts who shared a mutual taste for quality, and not only a lure toward curiosity as was common in Renaissance cabinets.

    18th Century French Aesthetics

  • And as, once he adopted the nobiliary point of view which for him overshadowed everything else, M. de Charlus was capable of the most childish extravagances, he told me, in the same serious tone as if he were speaking of the Marne or of Verdun, that there were most interesting and curious things which should not be excluded by any historian of this war.

    Time Regained

  • Pythagoravitch Tchertokoutski, one of the leading aristocrats of the district of B —, the most fiery orator at the nobiliary elections and the owner of a very elegant turn-out.

    The Calash

  • Amongst these latter was above all conspicuous Pythagoras Pythagoravitch Tchertokoutski, one of the leading aristocrats of the district of B-- --, the most fiery orator at the nobiliary elections and the owner of a very elegant turn-out.

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales

  • The nobiliary particule he did not add to his signature until the year 1830.

    Balzac

  • The latter abandoned his royal rank and titles, and assumed the merely nobiliary status of a Prince of Noer, in order to make her his consort.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • "Why, the emperor has just issued a decree, providing that in future he shall have the use of the nobiliary particle; from henceforth he will have the right to call himself 'Von Gott'."

    Best Short Stories

  • But the medieval reredos, the nobiliary coats of arms, and the tombs of the Knights of Saint John with their Gothic inscriptions still survived the profane restoration, and that in itself was enough to keep up the notary's enthusiasm.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

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