patriciate

[ puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt ]
/ pəˈtrɪʃ i ɪt, ‐ˌeɪt /

noun

the patrician class.
patrician rank.

Origin of patriciate

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

/ (pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

noun

the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
the class or order of patricians
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