patrician

[ puh-trish-uhn ]
/ pəˈtrɪʃ ən /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. patriarchate,
  2. patriarchs,
  3. patriarchy,
  4. patriate,
  5. patricia,
  6. patriciate,
  7. patricide,
  8. patrick,
  9. patrick's test,
  10. patrick, saint

Origin of patrician

1400–50; < Latin patrici(us) patrician (pat(e)r FATHER + -icius adj. suffix) + -AN; replacing late Middle English patricion < Old French patricien

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British Dictionary definitions for patrician

patrician

/ (pəˈtrɪʃən) /

noun

adjective

Word Origin for patrician

C15: from Old French patricien, from Latin patricius noble, from pater father

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Word Origin and History for patrician

patrician

n.

early 15c., "member of the ancient Roman noble order," from Middle French patricien, from Latin patricius "of the rank of the nobles, of the senators; of fatherly dignity," from patres conscripti "Roman senators," literally "fathers," plural of pater "father" (see father (n.)). Contrasted, in ancient Rome, with plebeius. Applied to noble citizens and higher orders of free folk in medieval Italian and German cities (sense attested in English from 1610s); hence "nobleman, aristocrat" in a modern sense (1630s). As an adjective, attested from 1610s, from the noun.

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