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eupatrid

[yoo-pa-trid, yoo-puh-]
noun, plural eu·pat·ri·dae [yoo-pa-tri-dee] /yuˈpæ trɪˌdi/.
  1. one of the hereditary aristocrats of ancient Athens and other states of Greece, who at one time formed the ruling class.
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Origin of eupatrid

1825–35; < Greek eupatrídēs, literally, of a good father, of noble descent, equivalent to eu- eu- + patr- (stem of patḗr) father + -idēs -id2
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eupatrid

noun plural -patridae (-ˈpætrɪˌdiː) or -patrids
  1. (in ancient Greece) a hereditary noble or landowner
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Word Origin

C19: via Latin from Greek eupatridēs, literally: having a good father, from eu- + patēr father
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