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 For a bite of lunch, the travelers moved to Palazzo Daniele—an aristocratic mansion built in 1861 in Gagliano del Capo. Harper's BAZAAR, 28 May 2021 This French grenache delivers structured, jammy freshness that tastes more aristocratic than its $14 price point. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The staff that stately homes retain these days mainly tend to the needs of visitors instead of their aristocratic owners. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 10 May 2021 Where Roosevelt championed the common man, Wilson favored government by corporate aristocratic elites. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 2 May 2021 Roads and walls are made with dark lava rock cobblestones, while aristocratic mansions are juxtaposed with humble dwellings. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 Inji Efflatoun was born on April 16, 1924, the younger of two daughters of an aristocratic family. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Failing to turn friendship with an aristocratic young woman into something more, a despondent Guy wills himself into a deathlike sleep, eventually awakening in a seemingly idyllic socialist future. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2021 Based on the enormously popular post- Edwardian series about the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, the first film was released in 2019. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of aristocratic was in 1596

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“Aristocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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