aris·to·crat·ic | \ə-ˌris-tə-ˈkra-tik, (ˌ)a-ˌris-tə-, ˌa-rə-stə-\

Definition of aristocratic 

1 : belonging to, having the qualities of, or favoring aristocracy an aristocratic family aristocratic titles

2a : socially exclusive an aristocratic neighborhood

b : snobbish

3 : notably superior or excellent In season she does an aristocratic lobster and asparagus salad with curry oil.— R. W. Apple Jr.

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Other Words from aristocratic

aristocratically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of aristocratic in a Sentence

the restaurant's cuisine is truly superb, but the maître d's aristocratic demeanor is a bit much an impoverished dowager who never lets people forget about her aristocratic origins

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Even though Russia may not count as a liberal democracy, many of Imperial Russia’s influential aristocratic families virtually disappeared or lost their power after the 1917 revolution. Washington Post, "Even in the 21st century, powerful families still shape democracies across the world," 23 Feb. 2018 The plot’s aristocratic pedigree was both celebrated and upended by horticulture’s enfant terrible, Christopher Lloyd, who was born in the house in 1921 and died in 2006. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 After 11 male statues — mostly of white, middle-aged men of aristocratic pedigree — and nearly 200 years, the first female figure was unveiled on Tuesday in London’s historic Parliament Square, the locus of the British establishment. Kimiko De Freytas-tamura, New York Times, "U.K.’s Parliament Square Gets a Female Statue. It Only Took 200 Years.," 24 Apr. 2018 An old aristocratic order, at once morally flexible and rigidly traditional, is giving way to something new, and the change is bittersweet, containing both progress and tragedy. New York Times, "How Luchino Visconti Made History Sing," 7 June 2018 The Knights of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order that weathered a governance scandal last year, has elected an Italian nobleman as its leader for life. Fox News, "Knights of Malta elect Italian leader for life after crisis," 2 May 2018 In Jenn Thompson’s production, Jessie Shelton is a standout as an aristocratic miss torn between two candidates. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 But in 1863, the Football Association was formed to codify the rules of football so that aristocratic boys from different schools could play against one another. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England," 11 July 2018 Most of the art in the Commanders’ homes in Gilead is pre-20th century and leans towards landscapes, portraits, and sedate, aristocratic themes. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of aristocratic

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aristocratic

Middle French aristocratique, from Medieval Latin aristocraticus, from Greek aristokratikos, from aristokratia

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aris·to·crat·ic | \ə-ˌri-stə-ˈkra-tik, ˌer-ə-stə-\

Kids Definition of aristocratic

: of or relating to the aristocracy or aristocrats

Other Words from aristocratic

aristocratically \-ti-kə-lē \ adverb

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