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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.
Origin of aristocrat
1770-80; < French aristocrate, back formation from aristocratie aristocracy
1. patrician, peer, lord. Unabridged
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  • He was an aristocrat by descent and by nature; a noble one, but a thorough aristocrat.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • Therefore it is clear to my mind that the word was not 'artichoke,' but 'aristocrat,' that he used.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • There is some aristocrat Raymond Latour would do all in his power to help.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • You are an aristocrat, and must have an escort—and must pay for it.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • As to the two last, even Joshua Brigham was much more of an aristocrat than I was myself.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for aristocrat


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aristocrat

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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