patriciate[pə tris̸h′ē it, -āt′; -tris̸h′it]
- the rank or position of a patrician
- the patrician class; aristocracy
Origin of patriciateMedieval Latin patriciatus ; from Classical Latin patricius
- Nobility or aristocracy.
- The rank, position, or term of office of a patrician.
Origin of patriciateLatin patriciātus, from patricius, patrician; see patrician.