noblenesse (1327-40)

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noblenesse (1327-40)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: ; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  nobleness n.; MED:  noblenes(se n.; DMLBS: ]
 

The word is not found in any of the French dictionaries and is rare in Anglo-Norman. The -ness suffix is Germanic, which suggests that the form may be a borrowing from M.E.

For the French cognate forms, see noblesce (noble + -esse), nobleté (noble + -) and noblei.

s.

1statusnobility of birth, noble descent
( MS: 1327-40 )  l'estile (=title) de greindre noblenesse  24.33
vostre noblenesse
title(as a title) Your (etc.) Highness, Excellency
( MS: s.xv1 )  que plaise a vostre tresexcellent noblenesse [...] faire vostre tresgraciouse mediacione  (A) 96
nobilitacion  nobiliter  noble  noblei  noblement  noblesce  nobleté 
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.
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