[uh-ris-tuh-krat, ar-uh-stuh-]


a member of an aristocracy, especially a noble.
a person who has the tastes, manners, etc., characteristic of members of an aristocracy.
an advocate of an aristocratic form of government.
anything regarded as the best, most elegant, or most stylish of its kind: the aristocrat of California wines.

Origin of aristocrat

1770–80; < French aristocrate, back formation from aristocratie aristocracy

Synonyms for aristocrat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aristocrat

Contemporary Examples of aristocrat

Historical Examples of aristocrat

  • Therefore it is clear to my mind that the word was not 'artichoke,' but 'aristocrat,' that he used.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • You are an aristocrat, and must have an escort—and must pay for it.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • Nor, though among the wealthy of the city, is he an aristocrat in feeling.

  • Charvet laughingly called Clemence an aristocrat because she drank grog.

  • If one of these two was an aristocrat, surely that one was the Citizen-deputy La Boulaye.

British Dictionary definitions for aristocrat



a member of the aristocracy; a noble
a person who has the manners or qualities of a member of a privileged or superior class
a person who advocates aristocracy as a form of government
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Word Origin and History for aristocrat

1789, from French aristocrate, a word of the Revolution, a back-formation from aristocratie (see aristocracy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper