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the state of being of noble birth
members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility)
The quality of being noble; nobleness.
The nobility; peerage.
Origin: From noblesse, noblesce et al., noblace, nobleche et al., from noble.
dignity; greatness; noble birth or condition
the nobility; persons of noble rank collectively, including males and females
Origin: [F. noblesse. See Noble.]
In Scotland, this term refers to the untitled nobility. The term, derived from French, is used in grants of arms from the Court of the Lord Lyon, the Scottish king of arms. While the concept of nobility in the UK is most commonly equated with titled nobles of peerage rank and often their family members, in Scotland the nobility also includes the untitled and minor nobility - the noblesse, to whom rightly belong lairds, esquires and gentlemen, "known" through the grant or matriculation of armorial bearings. The dignity of esquire is not officially used in Scotland as a courtesy to just any person as has become the custom in some other parts of the English-speaking world. In Scotland all legal armorial bearings have by warrant from the Lord Lyon King of Arms been entered in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland and are officially Ensigns of Nobility, and without such legal arms it is practically impossible to prove one's nobiliary status.
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