- Patrician is defined as someone belonging to or related to a royal, noble or wealthy family.
Someone who is very well-to-do and who attends private schools throughout his childhood is an example of someone who would be described as having a patrician upbringing.
- The definition of a patrician is a noble person or a person who has a respected social status.
A member of the royal family is an example of someone who is patrician.
patrician definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient Rome
- a member of any of the ancient Roman citizen families
- later, a member of the nobility
- a member of a class of honorary nobility of the later Empire
- a chief administrator in the Roman provinces in Africa and Italy
- a person of high rank in some medieval Italian republics and in certain free cities of the German Empire
- any person of high social rank; aristocrat
Origin: Middle English patricion ; from Middle French patricien ; from Classical Latin patricius ; from patres, senators, literally , fathers, plural of pater, father
- of or characteristic of patricians
- noble; aristocratic
Origin: MFr patricien
patrician definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person of refined upbringing, manners, and tastes.
- A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat.
- A member of one of the noble families of the ancient Roman Republic, which before the third century B.C. had exclusive rights to the Senate and the magistracies.
- Used as a title for members of a class of honorary nobility appointed by the Byzantine emperors.
- A member of the hereditary ruling class in the medieval free cities of Italy and Germany.
Origin: Middle English patricion, from Old French patricien, from Latin patricius, from patrēs (cōnscrīptī), enrolled fathers, senators, pl. of pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
- pa·triˈcian adjective