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
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 aristocratically (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 centuries these men and their families have lived in a quaint neighborhood, consisting of little more than two cobbled streets, a drying place for the nets, and a monastery now occupied only by two aristocratic old ladies. Jackie Smith, Harper's Magazine, "Near-Death Experience," 23 June 2020 Historic England said the tomb was an early example of a memorial to a man born into slavery and who ended his life as a servant in an English aristocratic household. Fox News, "Grave of enslaved African man vandalized in 'retaliation' after UK statue toppled," 18 June 2020 Robert FitzRoy was an aristocratic but mercurial naval captain. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 Palme had an aristocratic background but was known for his left-leaning views and was eyed with suspicion in conservative circles and by the United States. Time, "Sweden Drops Investigation Into Unsolved 1986 Murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme," 10 June 2020 The story, at its core, is almost conventional, a nineteenth-century aristocratic love triangle. Dave Eggers, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering One of the Wittiest Books Ever Written," 2 June 2020 Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, to a wealthy aristocratic family in Italy, and grew up in England. Suyin Haynes, Time, "How Florence Nightingale Paved the Way for the Heroic Work of Nurses Today," 12 May 2020 And in his nightlife portraits, which often feel photographic, Lautrec captured a new kind of public persona, not composed and curated by aristocratic or bourgeois reticence, but straining forward and amplified to the point of self-caricature. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Yes, Toulouse-Lautrec was an alcoholic cabaret creature. But his art ranged far beyond the demimonde.," 12 Nov. 2019 Grigory Alexandrovich Potemkin was born in 1739 to poor, but aristocratic, family. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Grigory Potemkin and Catherine the Great Have One of History's Greatest Love Stories," 22 Oct. 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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“Aristocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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