Dictionary

patrician

patrician

noun pa·tri·cian \pə-ˈtri-shən\

: a person who is a member of the highest social class

Full Definition of PATRICIAN

1
:  a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome
2
a :  a person of high birth :  aristocrat
b :  a person of breeding and cultivation
patrician adjective

Examples of PATRICIAN

  1. <the Southern patricians who once resided in these stately plantation homes>

Origin of PATRICIAN

Middle English patricion, from Anglo-French patrician, from Latin patricius, from patres senators, from plural of pater father — more at father
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: patricianismPrevious Word in the Dictionary: patricesAll Words Near: patrician
March 05, 2015
ilk Hear it
Sort or kind
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears