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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nobility \No*bil"i*ty\, n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilit['e]. See Noble.] 1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence. [1913 Webster] Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] They thought it great their sovereign to control, And named their pride nobility of soul. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank, station, or title, whether inherited or conferred. [1913 Webster] I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility. [1913 Webster]