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Nobility, class of people considered to have social prominence. The titles that often accompany high social position, such as duke, count, or baron, may be inherited or granted by monarchs. Great Britain's noble class is called the peerage. The U.S. Constitution prohibits government-awarded titles. France, Russia, and Germany no longer recognize titles of nobility.

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