Meaning of “humble” in the English Dictionary

"humble" in British English

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uk /ˈhʌm.bəl/ us /ˈhʌm.bəl/

C2 not proud or not believing that you are important:

He's very humble about his success.
formal Please accept our humble apologies for the error.
In my humble opinion (= I want to emphasize that I think that) we should never have bought the car in the first place.

C2 poor or of a low social rank:

Even when she became rich and famous, she never forgot her humble background.

ordinary; not special or very important:

At that time she was just a humble mechanic.
humorous Welcome to our humble abode (= our home).

humbleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈhʌm.bəl/ us /ˈhʌm.bəl/

(Definition of “humble” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"humble" in American English

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us /ˈhʌm·bəl/

humble adjective (NOT PROUD)

tending to consider yourself as having no special importance that makes you better than others; not proud:

He’s a humble man and he’s not comfortable talking about his own achievements.

humble adjective (LOW IN RANK)

low in rank or position; poor:

She rose from humble origins to become one of the best-known political writers in the world.

humbleverb [ T ]


humble verb [ T ] (MAKE LESS PROUD)

to make someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thought they were:

Seeing the courage and skill of the disabled athletes was a humbling experience.

(Definition of “humble” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)