Definition of aristocracy
- a member of the British aristocracy
- an intellectual aristocracy
a member of the aristocracy
at one time in China only the aristocracy could own land
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First Known Use: 1561See Words from the same year
: the highest social class in some countries : the people who have special titles (such as duke and duchess ), who typically own land, and who traditionally have more money and power than the other people in a society
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