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A member of the aristocracy.‘an aristocrat by birth’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 womanaristo, top person, member of the upper crusttoff, nob, rah, chinless wonderoptimateView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The industrialists are dressed as bewigged aristocrats of pre-revolutionary France, with Hearst as Cardinal Richelieu.’
- ‘The law stood above kings and aristocrats with a constitution that had to maintain a balance of power between the rival institutions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although an Italian aristocrat by birth, Piccolomini served the imperial cause faithfully throughout his military career.’
- ‘An aristocrat by birth, his education was in botany and his first appointment was as ‘Botanist to the King’.’
- ‘But much of the inner unrest of the fifth century was also due to the attempts by senatorial aristocrats to expand their power.’
- ‘In 1591 Bruno returned to Italy after being invited by the Venetian nobleman Zuane Mocenigo to educate the aristocrat in mnemonics.’
- ‘We were all seated in the council, all the noblemen and all the aristocrats and councilors.’
- ‘Gradually, in the way that wealthy whites discovered the jazz clubs of Harlem in the 1920s, the aristocrats started hanging around the fado clubs.’
- ‘In 1792 the September terror took place in France, in which thousands of aristocrats were executed, including the King.’
- ‘Luchino Visconti was an aristocrat who became a Communist.’
- ‘These are the new collectors, as opposed to aristocrats or members of other wealthy families who have inherited art.’
- ‘It swept away the old feudal order of aristocrats and kings.’
- ‘He dressed in rags and rarely took a bath, which fascinated the carefully washed and perfumed aristocrats round the tsar and his family.’
- ‘So the aristocrats who sought elections as tribunes had to be able to play the demagogue.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Greek and Roman aristocrats studied law, philosophy, and the art of public speaking in order to fulfil the political vocation indicated by their birth.’
Late 18th century: from French aristocrate (a word of the French Revolution), from aristocratie (see aristocracy).
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