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patrician

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noun pa·tri·cian \pə-ˈtri-shən\

Simple Definition of patrician

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

Full Definition of patrician

  1. 1 :  a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome

  2. 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



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