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

Synonyms for aristocratic


elitist, high-hat, persnickety, potty, ritzy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, toffee-nosed [chiefly British]

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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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Add to that the fact that the audience is dressed not unlike the aristocratic socialites whom Barnum rubs elbows with in the movie. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 Teddy’s unpromising fifth cousin—was written off as a rich, foppish lightweight with little more than an aristocratic accent and rich parents. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018 Bródy VillaFor a splurge, rent this entire 19th-century aristocratic villa in the Buda hills, with exquisite rooms, pool, and one of the most scenic private gardens of the city. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 2018 In the first scene, Anthony Spates (played by Antony Eden ), the only character who appears throughout the play, is a part-time servant to the owners of Kirkbridge Manor, an aristocratic couple who are on the outs. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘A Brief History of Women’ Review: Dark Comedy of Manors," 8 May 2018 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

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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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