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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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Examples from the web for aristocrat
  • You could be the poorest of the poor and still be an aristocrat.
  • He just fixed us with this look, and it was like confronting some kind of aristocrat.
  • By birth Froissart belonged to the bourgeoisie, but his tastes and associations made him an aristocrat.
  • Of course, but he still behaves like a born aristocrat.
  • He was married to an aristocrat and much concerned with genealogy.
  • For example, the Victorians painted the earl as a decadent aristocrat to make the tale a morality play.
  • One considered the best of its kind: the aristocrat of cars.
  • The writer of the diary proves to be a relentlessly determined aristocrat who wishes to rid the country of an unsuitable queen.
  • Except for the accident of his birth, he could be an aristocrat.
  • The middle-aged aristocrat cut an eccentric figure.
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
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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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