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A nobleman, also known as a peer or simply a noble was a member of the highest stratum of european society up until the 20th century. Also exist in feminine form: noblewoman.

A nobleman was bound to his liege by a sworn oath. The liege could be the monarch or another noble, forming a hierarchy, ususally with a king at the top.

The other stratums of feudal society were priests, burghers and peasants.