arbiter elegantiarum


arbiter el·​e·​gan·​ti·​a·​rum -ˌe-lə-ˌgan-shē-ˈa-rəm How to pronounce arbiter elegantiarum (audio)
: a person who prescribes, rules on, or is a recognized authority on matters of social behavior and taste

Word History


borrowed from Latin, literally, "arbiter of refinements"

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Arbiter elegantiarum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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