aris·​to·​crat·​ic | \ ə-ˌri-stə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce aristocratic (audio) , (ˌ)a-ˌri-stə-, 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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aristocratically \ ə-​ˌri-​stə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aristocratic (audio) , (ˌ)a-​ˌri-​stə-​ , ˌa-​rə-​stə-​ \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The traditionally aristocratic district of Chamberí is set away from the more bustling parts of the city while remaining very central. Erik Maza, Town & Country, 29 July 2022 The crew that had done the original successful branding of Victoria’s Secret as an upscale aristocratic world rebelled and either quit or were fired in the early aughts when [the company] changed tack. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 The Grimaldis, one of the aristocratic families of Genoa, captured the fortress in 1297. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 Construction work on the property—built in pure neoclassical style—started in 1850, with the intention as serving as a summer holiday villa for an aristocratic family from nearby Bergamo. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 July 2022 Downton Abbey is ushering in A New Era — and while many doors were left open to possibility for the beloved aristocratic family and their members of staff, the end of the film included one very difficult, if inevitable, goodbye. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 29 June 2022 Baryshnikov again plays Chekhov, as well as an octogenarian butler named Firs, and Hecht once again portrays the aristocratic, dreamily oblivious Madame Ranevskaya. Globe Staff,, 16 June 2022 In the new set of episodes, Diana has swapped the lavish fancy dress parties and aristocratic artistic pursuits that previously led to a tabloid feeding frenzy (and the Bright Young Things moniker) for something sinister. Emma Fraser, Town & Country, 11 June 2022 The estate in the Chianti region, which once belonged to the aristocratic Del Nero family of Florence, had been practicing traditional Tuscan agriculture and ways of life since the 12th century. Ann Abel, Forbes, 10 June 2022 See More

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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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“Aristocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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