patriciate[pə tris̸h′ē it, -āt′; -tris̸h′it]
patriciate definition by Webster's New World
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- the rank or position of a patrician
- the patrician class; aristocracy
Origin: Midieval Latin patriciatus ; from Classical Latin patricius
patriciate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nobility or aristocracy.
- The rank, position, or term of office of a patrician.
Origin: Latin patriciātus, from patricius, patrician; see patrician.