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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (aristocrats)
a. nobility
Los nobles asistían a la corte del rey en todos los grandes festivales.The nobility attended the king's court at all the major festivals.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (aristocratic)
a. noble
Las familias nobles de hace siglos vivían con lujos que la gente moderna ven como necesidades.Noble families from centuries ago lived with luxuries that modern people think of as necessities.
3. (magnanimous)
a. noble
Alicia es muy noble. Pasa las tardes visitando a niños enfermos en el hospital.Alicia is very noble. She spends her afternoons visiting sick children in the hospital.
4. (quality)
a. fine
Mi padre me construyó mi primera guitarra de madera noble.My dad made my first guitar out of fine wood.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
5. (aristocrat)
a. nobleman (masculine)
Era un noble del siglo XIX cuando fue a la guerra y un realista cínico cuando volvió.He was a 19th century nobleman when he went to war, and a cynical realist when he returned.
b. noblewoman (feminine)
Es la historia de una noble británica que se enamora del jardinero.It's the story of a British noblewoman who falls in love with the gardener.
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1 (aristocrático) noble
2 (honrado) noble
3 [+madera] fine
los nobles the nobility
; (s)
the nobles
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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