aristocrat

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noun aris·to·crat \ə-ˈris-tə-ˌkrat, a-; ˈa-rə-stə-\

Definition of aristocrat

  1. 1 :  a member of an aristocracy; especially :  noble an aristocrat by birth

  2. 2a :  one who has the bearing and viewpoint typical of the aristocracyb :  one who favors aristocracy

  3. 3 :  one believed to be superior of its kind the aristocrat of Southern resorts — Southern Living

Examples of aristocrat in a Sentence

  1. could trace his lineage to an English aristocrat of the 17th century

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Did You Know?

Since aristos means "best" in Greek, ancient Greeks such as Plato and Aristotle used the word aristocracy to mean a system of rule by the best people—that is, those who deserved to rule because of their intelligence and moral excellence. But this kind of "best" soon became something you could inherit from your parents. The United States has no formal aristocracy—no noble titles such as baron or marquis that stay in the family—but certain American families have achieved an almost aristocratic status because of the wealth they've held onto for generations.

Origin and Etymology of aristocrat

see aristocracy


First Known Use: 1787


ARISTOCRAT Defined for English Language Learners

aristocrat

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Definition of aristocrat for English Language Learners

  • : a member of an aristocracy


ARISTOCRAT Defined for Kids

aristocrat

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noun aris·to·crat \ə-ˈri-stə-ˌkrat, ˈer-ə-stə-\

Definition of aristocrat for Students

  1. :  a member of an aristocracy



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