pa·​tri·​ci·​ate pə-ˈtri-shē-ət How to pronounce patriciate (audio)
: the position or dignity of a patrician
: a patrician class

Examples of patriciate in a Sentence

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

Word History


see patrician entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of patriciate was circa 1656

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“Patriciate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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