- 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.
- 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 of patricianMiddle 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 of patricianMFr patricien
- 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 BC 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 of patricianMiddle English patricion, from Old French patricien, from Latin patricius, from patrēs (cōnscrīptī), enrolled fathers, senators, pl. of pater, patr-, father; see p&schwa;ter- in Indo-European roots.
- Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
- A person of high birth; a nobleman.
- One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore or life.
(comparative more patrician, superlative most patrician)
Middle French patricien, from Latin patricius, derived from patres conscripti (“Roman senators").
- Of or relating to Saint Patrick.