a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
a person of very good background, education, and refinement.
a member of the original senatorial aristocracy in ancient Rome.
(under the later Roman and Byzantine empires) a title or dignity conferred by the emperor.
a member of a hereditary ruling class in certain medieval German, Swiss, and Italian free cities.
of high social rank or noble family; aristocratic.
befitting or characteristic of persons of very good background, education, and refinement: patrician tastes.
of or belonging to the patrician families of ancient Rome.

1400–50; < Latin patrici(us) patrician (pat(e)r FATHER + -icius adj. suffix) + -AN; replacing late Middle English patricion < Old French patricien

patricianhood, patricianship, noun
patricianism, noun
patricianly, adverb
prepatrician, adjective
unpatrician, adjective

7. dignified, genteel, stately. Unabridged
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patrician (pəˈtrɪʃən)
1.  Compare plebs a member of the hereditary aristocracy of ancient Rome. In the early republic the patricians held almost all the higher offices
2.  a high nonhereditary title awarded by Constantine and his eastern Roman successors for services to the empire
3.  in medieval Europe
 a.  a title borne by numerous princes including several emperors from the 8th to the 12th centuries
 b.  a member of the upper class in numerous Italian republics and German free cities
4.  an aristocrat
5.  a person of refined conduct, tastes, etc
6.  (esp in ancient Rome) of, relating to, or composed of patricians
7.  aristocratic
8.  oligarchic and often antidemocratic or nonpopular: patrician political views
[C15: from Old French patricien, from Latin patricius noble, from pater father]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "member of the ancient Roman noble order," from M.Fr. patricien, from L. patricius "of the rank of the nobles, of the senators," from patres conscripti "Roman senators," lit. "fathers," pl. of pater "father." Contrasted, in ancient Rome, with plebeius. Applied to noble citizens and higher
orders of free folk in medieval It. and Ger. cities (sense attested in English from 1610s); hence "nobleman, aristocrat" in a modern sense (1630s). As an adjective, attested from 1610s, from the noun.
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