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[uh-ris-tuh-krat, ar-uh-stuh-] /əˈrɪs təˌkræt, ˈær ə stə-/
a member of an aristocracy, especially a noble.
a person who has the tastes, manners, etc., characteristic of members of an aristocracy.
an advocate of an aristocratic form of government.
anything regarded as the best, most elegant, or most stylish of its kind:
the aristocrat of California wines.
1770-80; < French aristocrate, back formation from aristocratie aristocracy
1. patrician, peer, lord. Unabridged
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  • Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants had to find new employment.
  • So, the utilitarian-inspired mechanical horse instead became a fancy toy for aristocrats and the rising bourgeoisie.
  • They were wasp aristocrats, not multicultural meritocrats.
  • What the aristocrats wanted was a painter who could make their horses, and their dogs and cattle, heroic.
  • He found that he loved the company of louche aristocrats and made friends with many of them.
  • It has also given him grand digs, which is more than many of the city's aristocrats can claim.
  • Over the years, various aristocrats, cousins and horse-racing grandees have been more or less plausibly identified as her friends.
  • Discussions of our collective rationality generally herald the arrival of would-be aristocrats.
  • Traditionally port drinkers were either aristocrats sipping vintage or charladies in pubs slurping cheap ruby port with lemonade.
  • Before him, it had been the responsibility of many people-merchants, aristocrats and local worthies who acted as private citizens.
British Dictionary definitions for aristocrats


a member of the aristocracy; a noble
a person who has the manners or qualities of a member of a privileged or superior class
a person who advocates aristocracy as a form of government
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Word Origin and History for aristocrats



1789, from French aristocrate, a word of the Revolution, a back-formation from aristocratie (see aristocracy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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