patrician

[puh-trish-uhn]
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noun

adjective


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
Related formspa·tri·cian·hood, pa·tri·cian·ship, nounpa·tri·cian·ism, nounpa·tri·cian·ly, adverbpre·pa·tri·cian, adjectiveun·pa·tri·cian, adjective

Synonyms for patrician

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British Dictionary definitions for patricianly

patrician

noun

a member of the hereditary aristocracy of ancient Rome. In the early republic the patricians held almost all the higher officesCompare plebs (def. 2)
a high nonhereditary title awarded by Constantine and his eastern Roman successors for services to the empire
(in medieval Europe)
  1. a title borne by numerous princes including several emperors from the 8th to the 12th centuries
  2. a member of the upper class in numerous Italian republics and German free cities
an aristocrat
a person of refined conduct, tastes, etc

adjective

(esp in ancient Rome) of, relating to, or composed of patricians
aristocratic
oligarchic and often antidemocratic or nonpopularpatrician political views

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 patricianly

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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