[ puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt ]
See synonyms for patriciate on
  1. the patrician class.

  2. patrician rank.

Origin of patriciate

1650–60; <Medieval Latin patriciātus equivalent to Latin patrici(us) (see patrician) + -ātus-ate1

Words Nearby patriciate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use patriciate in a sentence

  • We are at one in this: the praetorian guard will follow my dictates, the patriciate of Rome will bow the knee to thee.

    "Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The patriciate of Rome had combined with the people to place its destinies in Dea Flavia's hands.

    "Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • We have still to speak of the directly political functions of the rich, or, as M. Comte terms them, the patriciate.

    August Comte and Positivism | John-Stuart Mill
  • Among the districts of Italy some have and some have not a patriciate.

    Rome | Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • It was the only city also which was governed by the ancient patriciate, and in which the democracy had little or no power.

British Dictionary definitions for patriciate


/ (pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

  1. the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician

  2. the class or order of patricians

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