What does the word highborn mean?

Usage examples for highborn

  1. He assured her that the fancy sprang from scenes which she remembered, and that she could have no idea of the pride of a highborn Austrian girl, who was incapable of conceiving jealousy of a person below her class. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. Here Madame de Savenaye paused a moment and put down the letter from which she had been reading; for the first time since she had begun to speak she grew pale; knitting her black brows and with downcast eyes she went on: " Monsieur de Puisaye says he asks my pardon humbly on his knees for writing such tidings to me, bereaved as I am of all I hold dear, but 'it is meet, ' he says, 'that the civilised world should know the deeds these followers of liberty and enlightenment have wrought upon gallant men and highborn ladies, ' and I hold that he says well." – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  3. The young Colonna was much struck by her beauty, and more by her gentle and highborn grace. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton