patriciate

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noun pa·tri·ci·ate \-ˈtri-shē-ət, -ˌāt\

Definition of patriciate

  1. 1 :  the position or dignity of a patrician

  2. 2 :  a patrician class

Examples of patriciate in a sentence

  1. the patriciate regarded patronage of the arts as a moral and social duty

Origin and Etymology of patriciate

see 1patrician


First Known Use: circa 1656



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