arbiter elegantiae

ar·​bi·​ter el·​e·​gan·​ti·​ae | \ ˈär-bə-tər-ˌe-lə-ˈgan-shē-ˌē \
variants: or arbiter elegantiarum \ ˈär-​bə-​tər-​ˌe-​lə-​ˌgan-​shē-​ˈa-​rəm How to pronounce arbiter elegantiarum (audio) , -​ˈer-​əm \

Definition of arbiter elegantiae

: a person who prescribes, rules on, or is a recognized authority on matters of social behavior and taste

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First Known Use of arbiter elegantiae

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arbiter elegantiae

Latin, judge of elegance

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“Arbiter elegantiae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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