Definition of patriciate in English:



  • 1A noble order or class.

    ‘the Venetian merchants became a great hereditary patriciate’
    • ‘As defeatism spread from meetings and rallies into the social clubs of the wealthy and renowned, the Unionist patriciate expressed dismay.’
    • ‘And, again with the exception of Basle, the urban patriciates showed unexpected vigour in moving to repress the rebels.’
    • ‘The dignity of office was in turn applied to the class that provided office-holders, to the point of creating an urban patriciate, a separate estate.’
    • ‘The eighteenth century witnessed a reaction to this: the aristocratic tastes, attitudes and lifestyle of this patriciate came under increasing criticism.’
    • ‘Governmental concerns for a well-ordered society ran parallel to those of urban patriciates.’
    • ‘Her book opens with a discussion of the changing understanding of the notion of nobility, and the ways in which the aspirations of the Venetian patriciate towards nobility developed during the course of the renaissance.’
    • ‘As the Venetian patriciate developed new strategies for collective self-definition, so too did the doges.’
    • ‘Finally, the crisis with the Gracchus brothers revealed the weakness of the patriciate and of the constitution.’
    • ‘No emulation of aristocratic practices is more obvious than the commissioning of portraits by the urban patriciate in Bruges.’
    1. 1.1The position or rank of patrician in ancient Rome.