aris·​to·​crat·​ic ə-ˌri-stə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce aristocratic (audio)
: belonging to, having the qualities of, or favoring aristocracy
an aristocratic family
aristocratic titles
: socially exclusive
an aristocratic neighborhood
: notably superior or excellent
In season she does an aristocratic lobster and asparagus salad with curry oil.R. W. Apple, Jr.
ə-ˌri-stə-ˈkra-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce aristocratic (audio)

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 This aristocratic habit was eventually codified as service à la française, distinguished by the practice of putting multiple dishes on the table at once. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 It’s thought to have emerged from a design project completed in the early 1930s at the Paris satellite of New York’s Parsons School of Design, the result of an assignment often attributed to the aristocratic French decorator Jean-Michel Frank, who was a lecturer there at the time. Evan Moffitt, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Misia Sert in Cannes Photo: Getty Images Most Popular If Vera hoisted Chanel up within London’s aristocratic echelon, Misia would be her entree to Paris’s bohemian set. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 O’Leary’s lifestyle echoes the rural aristocratic bent of his predecessor. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2024 Most aristocratic men’s Grand Tours—voyages taken across Europe’s most sophisticated countries to absorb local culture—lasted just a few years. E.r. Zarevich, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 The Chameleon is cool to look at (a diminutive lizard in finery worthy of the Met Gala), and Viola Davis voices her with a dour aristocratic hauteur, but all the character does, really, is to call forth her guards and summon up past villains that Po has defeated. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 These skills were useful to build the American economy with free labor that further enriched already wealthy aristocratic and upper-class Europeans. Julie Kratz, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 His family and allies have otherwise been annihilated by a rival aristocratic house called the Harkonnens, a hairless, pitiless cadre of fascists. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aristocratic was in 1596

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“Aristocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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