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Patrician definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PATRI'CIAN, a. [L. patricius, from pater, father.] Senatorial; noble; not plebeian. This epithet is derived from the Roman patres, fathers, the title of Roman senators; as patrician birth or blood; patrician families.
PATRI'CIAN, n. A nobleman. In the Roman state, the patricians were the descendants of the first Roman senators.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: befitting a person of noble origin; "a patrician nose"
2: belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes" [syn: aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician] n
1: a person of refined upbringing and manners
2: a member of the aristocracy [syn: aristocrat, blue blood, patrician]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English patricion, from Anglo-French patrician, from Latin patricius, from patres senators, from plural of pater father more at father Date: 15th century 1. a member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome 2. a. a person of high birth ; aristocrat b. a person of breeding and cultivation patrician adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 hist. a member of the ancient Roman nobility (cf. PLEBEIAN). 2 hist. a nobleman in some Italian republics. 3 an aristocrat. --adj. 1 noble, aristocratic. 2 hist. of the ancient Roman nobility. Etymology: ME f. OF patricien f. L patricius having a noble father f. pater patris father

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Patrician Pa*tri"cian, n. [L. patricius: cf. F. patricien.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) 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 nobility. 2. A person of high birth; a nobleman. 3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore. [R.] --Colridge.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Patrician Pa*tri"cian, a. [L. patricius, fr. patres fathers or senators, pl. of pater: cf. F. patricien. See Paternal.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians. 2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian. Born in the patrician file of society. --Sir W. Scott. His horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood. --Addison.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(patricians) 1. A patrician is a person who comes from a family of high social rank. (FORMAL) ...the patrician banker Sir Charles Villiers. ? plebeian N-COUNT 2. If you describe someone as patrician, you mean that they behave in a sophisticated way, and look as though they are from a high social rank. He was a lean, patrician gent in his early sixties. ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Nobleman. II. a. Noble, senatorial, aristocratic, high-born, well-born.

Moby Thesaurus

Brahman, archduke, aristocrat, aristocratic, armiger, baron, baronet, blue blood, chivalrous, count, daimio, ducal, duke, earl, esquire, exalted, genteel, gentle, gentleman, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, grand duke, grandee, hidalgo, high, kinglike, kingly, knightly, lace-curtain, ladylike, laird, landgrave, lord, lordling, magnate, magnifico, margrave, marquis, noble, nobleman, of gentle blood, of rank, optimate, palsgrave, peer, princelike, princely, queenlike, queenly, quite the lady, seigneur, seignior, silk-stocking, squire, swell, thoroughbred, titled, upper-cruster, viscount, waldgrave


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