Aristocracy definition

ărĭ-stŏkrə-sē
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Government by a privileged minority or upper class, usually of inherited wealth and social position.
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A hereditary ruling class; nobility.
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(historical) Government by the best citizens.
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A privileged ruling class; nobility.
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A country with this form of government; oligarchy.
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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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Government by the citizens deemed to be best qualified to lead.
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A state having such a government.
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Government by such a class, or a state with such a government.
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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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A group or class considered superior to others.
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Government by a ruling class.
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A state or country having this form of government.
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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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A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
aristocracy
Plural:
aristocracies

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