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


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 a·ris·to·crat·i·cal.

Origin of aristocratic

1595–1605; < Greek aristokratikós pertaining to aristocracy; see -ic
Related formsa·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverba·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ness, a·ris·to·crat·ic·ness, nounan·ti·a·ris·to·crat·ic, adjectivean·ti·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·ris·to·crat·ic, adjectivenon·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal, adjectivenon·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbpro·a·ris·to·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·a·ris·to·crat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·a·ris·to·crat·ic, adjectiveun·a·ris·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aristocratic

Contemporary Examples of aristocratic

Historical Examples of aristocratic

  • 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 Formsaristocratically, 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