arbiter elegantiae


ar·​bi·​ter el·​e·​gan·​ti·​ae
variants or arbiter elegantiarum
: a person who prescribes, rules on, or is a recognized authority on matters of social behavior and taste

Word History


Latin, judge of elegance

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arbiter elegantiae was in 1728

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“Arbiter elegantiae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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