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[ nˈə͡ʊbləs], [ nˈə‍ʊbləs], [ n_ˈəʊ_b_l_ə_s]

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Around the 15th century, the meaning of the word "noblesse" shifted from a hereditary entitlement to an exclusive social standing to signify elevated moral character. The term eventually came to be associated with a lifestyle of privilege and wealth, on the one hand, and ostentatious display of social superiority, on the other.

During the Middle Ages, noblesse was not a title but a chivalric status. It arose from the idea that noblemen were more loyal to their king and their country than were commoners. In order to attain this status, a young man had to demonstrate outstanding martial prowess, virtue, and wisdom.

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