[ noun ] (sociology) a privileged class holding hereditary titles
Used in print(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)
On his father 's side he was of German descent , on his mother 's he came of the old Swedish nobility .
[ noun ] the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or conduct
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Nikolai_Cherkasov , the Russian actor who has played such heroic roles as Alexander_Nevsky and Ivan_the_Terrible , performs the lanky Don_Quixote , and does so with a simple dignity that bridges the inner nobility and the surface absurdity of this poignant man .