Title of Nobility Clause Law and Legal Definition

Title of nobility clause is a provision in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility to a citizen. This clause also restricts the members of the government to receive gifts from foreign states without the consent of the U.S. Congress. This clause is referred under USCS Const. Art. I, § 9, Cl 8. This clause in the constitution is read as:

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State”.

This clause is also known as the federal nobility clause.

Like the federal government, all state governments are also barred from granting nobility citizen. This bar on the state governments on granting titles is referred under USCS Const. Art. I, § 10, Cl 1.