Definition of arbiter elegantiarum in English:

arbiter elegantiarum

(also arbiter elegantiae)


  • A judge of artistic taste and etiquette.

    • ‘He acted as ‘director of elegance’, or arbiter elegantiarum, where he had the last word on matters of taste and style.’
    • ‘Petronius is traditionally identified with Gaius Petronius Arbiter, ‘judge of elegance’ (arbiter elegantiarum) at the court of Nero.’
    • ‘In the temple of the fashion designer who here in Italy is considered a celebrity and the arbiter elegantiarum, or master of taste, you would expect a stylish set up.’
    • ‘The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, arbiter elegantiae of the film world, owes much of the motivation for its birth to the leading independents of the day.’
    • ‘The Duke of Windsor was another undisputed arbiter elegantiarum for the whole civilized world.’
    • ‘In a note to Mason's ‘Epistle to Shebbeare’ he is dubbed ‘the Petronius of the present age’, no doubt a reference to his love of fine art just as Petronius was in his day the arbiter elegantiae; a man of undisputed taste.’
    • ‘If this pronouncement had come from any other arbiter elegantiarum than Mr. Cohan we might have remained skeptical.’
    • ‘He served as governor of Bithynia and as consul after which Nero appointed him arbiter elegantiae (arbiter of elegance).’
    • ‘Gaius Petronius, the author of the Satyricon, was the emperor Nero's advisor in matters of luxury and extravagance (his unofficial title was arbiter elegantiae).’
    • ‘Petronius, the man of sophisticated culture, arbiter elegantiarum, is a bundle of contradictions.’
    • ‘If he's defensive, that could be because not all his friends appreciate having an arbiter elegantiarum hanging around.’
    • ‘And I believe you feel yourself somehow empowered as an arbiter elegantiarum, but I could be wrong.’
    adjudicator, arbiter, assessor, evaluator, appraiser, examiner, moderator
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Latin, ‘judge of elegance’, used by Tacitus to describe Petronius, Gaius, arbiter of taste at Nero's court.


arbiter elegantiarum