An aristocracy of scientists.
An example of an aristocracy is Britain’s Royal family. Another example of an aristocracy is the Kennedy family in the United States.
An example of an aristocracy are some of the actors and actresses in Hollywood.
Other Word Forms
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”)