Patrician definition

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Patrician is defined as someone belonging to or related to a royal, noble or wealthy family.

Someone who is very well-to-do and who attends private schools throughout his childhood is an example of someone who would be described as having a patrician upbringing.

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A member of one of the noble families of the ancient Roman Republic, which before the third century bc had exclusive rights to the Senate and the magistracies.
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In ancient Rome.
  • A member of any of the ancient Roman citizen families.
  • Later, a member of the nobility.
  • A member of a class of honorary nobility of the later Empire.
  • A chief administrator in the Roman provinces in Africa and Italy.
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Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
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A person of high birth; a nobleman.
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Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
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A person of refined upbringing, manners, and tastes.
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Used as a title for members of a class of honorary nobility appointed by the Byzantine emperors.
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A person of high rank in some medieval Italian republics and in certain free cities of the German Empire.
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Any person of high social rank; aristocrat.
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Of or characteristic of patricians.
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The definition of a patrician is a noble person or a person who has a respected social status.

A member of the royal family is an example of someone who is patrician.

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One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore or life.
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Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
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A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat.
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Noble; aristocratic.
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Of or relating to Saint Patrick.
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A member of the hereditary ruling class in the medieval free cities of Italy and Germany.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
patrician
Plural:
patricians

Origin of patrician

  • Middle English patricion from Old French patricien from Latin patricius from patrēs (cōnscrīptī) enrolled fathers, senators pl. of pater patr- father pəter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French patricien, from Latin patricius, derived from patres conscripti (“Roman senators").

    From Wiktionary