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 Inji Efflatoun was born on April 16, 1924, the younger of two daughters of an aristocratic family. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Inji Efflatoun, Egyptian Artist of the People," 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, "Muriel Jaeger, a trailblazing science fiction author, deserves a new look," 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, "'Downton Abbey' film sequel coming for Christmas," 19 Apr. 2021 And, almost 25 years after Titanic, Winslet has great fun living down any notion of aristocratic glamour. Darren Franich,, "Mare of Easttown scrambles intriguing family drama with a drab mystery: Review," 15 Apr. 2021 The French writer and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville, in his observations on America, made a compelling distinction between aristocratic and democratic societies. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Disenchantment: Harry, Meghan & the Monarchy," 9 Mar. 2021 In fact, pairing blue and brown can be handsome and often has an aristocratic air. Lois Fenton, Arkansas Online, "Blue, black, brown -- tips on which pairings work," 21 Mar. 2021 In the twenty-first century, however, this long self-exile to the sclerotic daycare system of Britain’s aristocratic society topped by Buckingham Palace is coming to an end. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "The Great Disenchantment: Harry, Meghan & the Monarchy," 9 Mar. 2021 No aristocratic title is worth a voluntary lobotomy. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Meghan Markle Won’t Be Silenced," 8 Mar. 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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11 May 2021

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“Aristocratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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