Origin of patrician
Examples from the Web for patrician
One of those votes belonged to Justice Lewis Powell, a well-heeled, patrician justice from Virginia appointed by Richard Nixon.The Sodomy Case That May Sway Justice Kennedy’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote|Adam Winkler|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In one corner: the patrician, privileged, well-mannered 35-year-old Quayle.
He could be unbearably glib, but his patrician persona and acid tongue, his radiating sense of superiority, made for good showbiz.
He was a patrician radical, a type more common in Europe than here, since we have never had a formal aristocracy.
This patrician decline occurred at the state and local level as well.The Last Patrician: Romney Falls From Favor as America Loses Faith in Old Money|Joel Kotkin|January 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When silent she was the picture of a patrician beauty; but, alas!Shawl-Straps|Louisa M. Alcott
The animosity with which the patrician order was regarded was inflamed by the arts and the eloquence of Seymour.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
No doubt you're right, Sir, but I like the Patrician myself—it's very smartly written.The Travelling Companions|F. Anstey
A recent fire had just destroyed the home of a patrician which lined its banks.
Eustace Dolph at twenty-two was no more like his father than his patrician name was like simple and scriptural Jacob.The Story of a New York House|Henry Cuyler Bunner
British Dictionary definitions for patrician
- a title borne by numerous princes including several emperors from the 8th to the 12th centuries
- a member of the upper class in numerous Italian republics and German free cities
Word Origin for patrician
Word Origin and History for patrician
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.