aris·​to·​crat·​ic | \ ə-ˌris-tə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce aristocratic (audio) , (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 How to pronounce aristocratically (audio) \ 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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Patriarchy, monarchy, and an aristocratic view of the natural order of things make for a problem-free philosophy. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Conservative Pride of The Lion King," 11 July 2019 While the sandwich was born of aristocratic decadence – a way of feeding the eponymous Earl at the card table – the doner kebab was an entrepreneurial by-product of the Wirtschaftwunder, the West German economic boom. 1843, "Don’t knock the doner kebab," 10 July 2019 In terms of the overall acting style, the fashion here entails an initial measure of restraint among the aristocratic main characters. Mike Giuliano,, "Resistance is futile in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' in Ellicott City," 5 July 2019 Brooksbank, 33, is the son of an accountant and grew up in British aristocratic circles. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Is More Than Queen Elizabeth's Granddaughter," 26 June 2019 Characters and aristocratic titles proliferate, to such a degree that readers may struggle to keep up. The Economist, "The most scandalous popes in history," 29 June 2019 The show, which was on from 2011 to 2013, concerned lives an aristocratic hotel in Spain and, as with the new show, followed the lives of the aristocrats and servants who hung out there. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Grand Hotel' Will Be Your New TV Obsession," 17 June 2019 Much like the relationship dynamic in the Fifty Shades erotica series, E.L. explained that this new story follows a powerful, aristocratic man falling for his maid, Alessia (only this time, there are no red rooms of pain, restraints, and whips). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Co-Star Joy Behar Revealed Her 'Fifty Shades' Fantasy and Meghan McCain Lost It," 1 May 2019 Piet hopes to reconcile with the man behind the confessional screen — his old college friend Vidal, scion of a disgraced aristocratic Catholic family, now known as Monsignor Valentin. Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post, "‘Burning Chambers’ is a sweeping historical novel that puts current events in perspective," 19 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce aristocratic (audio) , 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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