noun pa·tri·cian \pə-ˈtri-shən\

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

Full Definition of PATRICIAN

:  a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome
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>


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


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