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[uh-ris-tuh-krat-ik, ar-uh-stuh-] /əˌrɪs təˈkræt ɪk, ˌær ə stə-/
of or relating to government by an aristocracy.
belonging to or favoring the aristocracy.
characteristic of an aristocrat; having the manners, values, or qualities associated with the aristocracy:
aristocratic bearing; aristocratic snobbishness.
Also, aristocratical.
Origin of aristocratic
1595-1605; < Greek aristokratikós pertaining to aristocracy; see -ic
Related forms
aristocratically, adverb
aristocraticalness, aristocraticness, noun
antiaristocratic, adjective
antiaristocratical, adjective
antiaristocratically, adverb
nonaristocratic, adjective
nonaristocratical, adjective
nonaristocratically, adverb
proaristocratic, adjective
pseudoaristocratic, adjective
pseudoaristocratical, adjective
pseudoaristocratically, adverb
unaristocratic, adjective
unaristocratically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aristocratic
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  • It was a project which pleased her taste, and gratified her aristocratic notions.

  • She was probably the most aristocratic cat in the country, for she kept a wet nurse.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • Everything was very elegant, very subdued, and aristocratic.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Sir Mosu is young and aristocratic, and our little daughter has been spoiled.

  • It is aristocratic and has an air of thinking one man is better than another.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for aristocratic


relating to or characteristic of aristocracy or an aristocrat
elegant or stylish in appearance and behaviour
Derived Forms
aristocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for aristocratic

c.1600, "pertaining to aristocracy," from French aristocratique, from Greek aristokratikos "belonging to the rule of the best," from aristokratia (see aristocracy). Meaning "grand, stylish" is from 1845.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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