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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Nobill-, Noble-, Nobile-woman, n. [e.m.E. noblewooman (1575).] A noblewoman; also, a woman of noble character, a noble woman. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 997.
All that war nobile wemen
Ib. 793 (C). 1533 Boece vi. xv. 217.
This nobill woman … laulie falling before his fete
1558-66 Knox II. 418.
We can nocht dyscerne … the nun frome sik as wald be haldin the nobillwemin
a1578 Pitsc. I. 18/18.
This nobill woman our souerane mother
1622-6 Bisset II. 171/13.
Be the menis of ane nobill woman

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