In other words, it was unthinkable for a godparent to a future king to be anything other than a titled member of the aristocracy.
Undoubtedly, the enormous inherited fortunes of the aristocracy facilitated a certain eccentricity.
In the original, [Francis] came from aristocracy and privilege, but the American mythology is coming from nothing.
The British aristocracy is littered with stories of unmitigated spendthrifts who seem bent on self-destruction.
The bottom line is that the ultimate sign of elitism is aristocracy, not meritocracy.
Never was it known that an aristocracy, which was haughty and tyrannical in one century, became easy and mild in the next.
The old Russian boyars were an example of such an aristocracy.
These much-isolated people look upon themselves as Nature's aristocracy.
I suppose you mean to ship your aristocracy to England, Micah?
As for those Egyptians who did not belong to this aristocracy, they had to be content with less expensive arrangements.
1560s, from Middle French aristocracie (Modern French aristocratie), from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia "government or rule of the best," from aristos "best" (originally "most fitting," from PIE *ar-isto-, superlative form of *ar- "to fit together;" see arm (n.1)) + kratos "rule, power" (see -cracy).
At first in a literal sense of "government by those who are the best citizens;" meaning "rule by a privileged class" (best-born or best-favored by fortune) is from 1570s and became paramount 17c. Hence, the meaning "patrician order" (1650s). In early use contrasted with monarchy; after French and American revolutions, with democracy.
A privileged, primarily hereditary ruling class, or a form of government controlled by such an elite.
Note: Traditionally, the disproportionate concentration of wealth, social status, and political influence in the aristocracy has been resented by the middle class and lower class.