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  • adj. A noble, describing someone born into the upper classes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born of a noble or respect able family; not of mean birth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of high or respectable birth; not of low origin.

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

  • adj. of good or upper-class lineage


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  • I secretly watch the well-born ladies of the court: how they sit and speak and move and eat.

    Exit the Actress

  • Since the 1960s, well-educated and often well-born men and women have followed Murdoch and made money in newspapers, the arts and television by debasing popular taste.

    A chance to drag ourselves out of the gutter | Nick Cohen

  • It is not a recent phenomenon that the cleverest Ivy Leaguers have headed off to Wall Street; simply, in recent years the process has gotten more meritocratic and stopped being just slots for the well-born and well-connected.

    Matthew Yglesias » Rich Bankers and Inequality

  • The daughters of the well-born still made their debuts at court.

    Portraying an Enigma

  • As the well-born Kate Hardcastle she is obliged, somewhat ironically in view of her role in Corrie, to pose as a barmaid, but even she gets legitimate laughs by her hip-twitching gait and air of sexual mischief.

    She Stoops To Conquer

  • He looked and had the feel of a well-born Eastern moderate Republican.

    Someone Had a Good Week

  • Visual references are stitched through the language - old women were called 'gauna,' literally 'hot milk-skin'; you spoke not of being good but of appearing good; the most precious possession in the city were the well-born, pulchritudinous young men, the kalos k'athagos - the 'noble in mind and appearance.'

    "The Hemlock Cup," a history of Socrates

  • The zeal for communism among well-born British intellectuals, from the Cambridge spies in the 1930s to young Trotskyites such as Christopher Hitchens in the 1960s, was driven in no small part by a wish to thwart America's sway over the Britons' own land as well as the globe.

    They Never Got Over Yorktown

  • PBS' sprawling, Emmy-winning Masterpiece miniseries, with echoes of Jane Austen and Upstairs Downstairs in its wittily sudsy panache, is set on a grand but embattled English estate in the years before WWI, with romantic and financial intrigues distracting the well-born and servant class alike.

    Matt Roush's Top 10 (And Then Some) of 2011

  • Rather than continue on to England with Lord Francis and, in the manner of the well-born Englishwoman of the day, keep Captain Strong as a lover, May deserted her husband for her darling Bradlee (American women were much too sentimental and conventional to English eyes).

    Cocotte of the Week: May Yohé | Edwardian Promenade


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