aristocratic

adjective
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

Synonyms

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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Karl had a beard and a monocle, double-breasted suits, and then in his close friend the limpid-eyed, elegant, and aristocratic Jacques de Bascher a man whom Proust himself could have fallen for. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Phillip’s counterpart, a wealthy, aristocratic intellectual named Philippe, was played by François Cluzet, a quick-witted actor with a command of subtle comedy. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Upside’ Review: Uplift on Demand," 10 Jan. 2019 Of aristocratic Austrian, German and Russian heritage, he was born in Prague and reared in what today is Belarus. Cynthia Haven, WSJ, "Book Review: Shouldering the Century’s Burden," 25 Jan. 2019 They are often described in the media as polo-playing and aristocratic. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Who Is Charlie van Straubenzee? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Set to Attend His Wedding," 4 Aug. 2018 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

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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

adjective
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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