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A member of the aristocracy.‘a decadent old blue-blooded aristocrat’figurative ‘the trout is the aristocrat of freshwater fish’
nobleman, noblewoman, lord, lady, peer, peeress, peer of the realm, patrician, grandee, titled man, titled person, titled womanView synonyms
- ‘The industrialists are dressed as bewigged aristocrats of pre-revolutionary France, with Hearst as Cardinal Richelieu.’
- ‘Luchino Visconti was an aristocrat who became a Communist.’
- ‘Gradually, in the way that wealthy whites discovered the jazz clubs of Harlem in the 1920s, the aristocrats started hanging around the fado clubs.’
- ‘The law stood above kings and aristocrats with a constitution that had to maintain a balance of power between the rival institutions.’
- ‘Although an Italian aristocrat by birth, Piccolomini served the imperial cause faithfully throughout his military career.’
- ‘To be born an aristocrat does not in itself prevent me from taking on the project of liberty for the commoner or the day laborer.’
- ‘He dressed in rags and rarely took a bath, which fascinated the carefully washed and perfumed aristocrats round the tsar and his family.’
- ‘These are the new collectors, as opposed to aristocrats or members of other wealthy families who have inherited art.’
- ‘An aristocrat by birth, his education was in botany and his first appointment was as ‘Botanist to the King’.’
- ‘Even Doug Anderton - star journalist and married to a wealthy aristocrat - sees his job as literary editor on a national newspaper as a demotion from politics.’
- ‘So the aristocrats who sought elections as tribunes had to be able to play the demagogue.’
- ‘It swept away the old feudal order of aristocrats and kings.’
- ‘Up until the Radical Covenanters confronted the government forces at Bothwell Brig they still had the support of some minor aristocrats.’
- ‘For centuries the House of Lords was made up of old aristocrats, those who were born lords or ladies.’
- ‘In 1792 the September terror took place in France, in which thousands of aristocrats were executed, including the King.’
- ‘She told him that she was the former wife of a Russian aristocrat, and she wrote on her marriage certificate that her father was dead.’
- ‘But much of the inner unrest of the fifth century was also due to the attempts by senatorial aristocrats to expand their power.’
- ‘We were all seated in the council, all the noblemen and all the aristocrats and councilors.’
- ‘Greek and Roman aristocrats studied law, philosophy, and the art of public speaking in order to fulfil the political vocation indicated by their birth.’
- ‘In 1591 Bruno returned to Italy after being invited by the Venetian nobleman Zuane Mocenigo to educate the aristocrat in mnemonics.’
Late 18th century: from French aristocrate (a word of the French Revolution), from aristocratie (see aristocracy).
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