aristocracy

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noun ar·is·toc·ra·cy \ˌa-rə-ˈstä-krə-sē, ˌer-ə-\

Definition of aristocracy

plural

aristocracies

  1. 1 :  government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class

  2. 2 a :  a government in which power is vested in a minority consisting of those believed to be best qualified b :  a state with such a government

  3. 3 :  a governing body or upper class usually made up of a hereditary nobility

  4. 4 :  the aggregate of those believed to be superior

Examples of aristocracy in a sentence

  1. a member of the aristocracy

  2. <at one time in China only the aristocracy could own land>

Origin and Etymology of aristocracy

Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French aristocratie, from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia, from aristos best + -kratia -cracy


First Known Use: 1561


ARISTOCRACY Defined for English Language Learners

aristocracy

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noun ar·is·toc·ra·cy \ˌa-rə-ˈstä-krə-sē, ˌer-ə-\

Definition of aristocracy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ARISTOCRACY Defined for Kids

aristocracy

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noun ar·is·toc·ra·cy \ˌer-ə-ˈstä-krə-sē\

Definition of aristocracy for Students

plural

aristocracies

  1. 1 :  a government that is run by a small class of people

  2. 2 :  an upper class that is usually based on birth and is richer and more powerful than the rest of a society

  3. 3 :  people thought of as being better than the rest of the community



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