Aristocracy meaning

ăr'ĭ-stŏk'rə-sē
A hereditary ruling class; nobility.
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Aristocracy is defined as a ruling class made up of people with royal blood, or is a government of collected people who are thought to be exceptional in some way, and therefore the most qualified to rule.

An example of an aristocracy is Britain’s Royal family. Another example of an aristocracy is the Kennedy family in the United States.

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Government by a privileged minority or upper class, usually of inherited wealth and social position.
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Government by the best citizens.
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A country with this form of government; oligarchy.
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A privileged ruling class; nobility.
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Government by such a class, or a state with such a government.
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A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others.
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A group or class considered superior to others.
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Those considered the best in some way.

An aristocracy of scientists.

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Aristocratic quality or spirit.
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The definition of aristocracy is a group of people who feel they are above others.

An example of an aristocracy are some of the actors and actresses in Hollywood.

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Origin of aristocracy

  • Late Latin aristocratia government by the best from Greek aristokratiā aristos best ar- in Indo-European roots -kratiā -cracy
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French aristocracie, from Medieval Latin *aristocracia, from Ancient Greek άριστοκρατία (aristokratia, “the rule of the best”), from ἄριστος (áristos, “best, noblest”) + -κρατία (kratia), from κράτος (kratos, “power, rule”)
    From Wiktionary