noun, plural ar·is·toc·ra·cies.
Origin of aristocracy
Related formsan·ti·ar·is·toc·ra·cy, adjective, noun, plural an·ti·ar·is·toc·ra·cies.pro·ar·is·toc·ra·cy, adjective
Examples from the Web for aristocracy
Undoubtedly, the enormous inherited fortunes of the aristocracy facilitated a certain eccentricity.
The British aristocracy is littered with stories of unmitigated spendthrifts who seem bent on self-destruction.
Kennedy mixed socially with leading British figures, particularly among the aristocracy, who agreed with him.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’|Clive Irving|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why, I wonder, is Davenport so obsessed with defining himself as part of the British aristocracy?
Her father was a Viscount, so Taylor married into the Catalan aristocracy.Whit Stillman on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Barcelona’, His New Amazon Series, and the Myth of the Ugly Expat|Michael Weiss|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This aristocracy was only in a very limited degree of native origin.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2|Ferdinand Gregorovius
The dethronement of aristocracy in favour of democracy has proceeded on very similar lines.The Rise of the Democracy|Joseph Clayton
The aristocracy of England are not all of them overwhelmed by the dignity of their "ancient descent."Lancashire Sketches|Edwin Waugh
Famine-stricken Ireland, and not full-fed English aristocracy, is the owner of the soil of Ireland.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
He became discontented with the Crown, and even with the aristocracy.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for aristocracy
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for aristocracy
Culture definitions for aristocracy
A privileged, primarily hereditary ruling class, or a form of government controlled by such an elite.