Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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  • adjective of good or upper-class lineage

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Examples

  • 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

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

    Portraying an Enigma

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

    Someone Had a Good Week

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Exit the Actress

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

    Exit the Actress

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

    Someone Had a Good Week

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