Definition of patrician in English:


Syllabification: pa·tri·cian
Pronunciation: /pəˈtriSHən


  • 1An aristocrat or nobleman.
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    • Ideology justifies the rule of each ruling class, whether as chieftains, patricians, landowners, or those with capital, the bourgeoisie.
    • The children in Chardin's paintings are not little patricians but youngsters from his personal circle of craftsmen and small traders.
    • What are her obligations as the last of the patricians?
    aristocrat, grandee, noble, nobleman, noblewoman, lord, lady, peer, peeress; blue blood
  • 1.1North American A member of a long-established wealthy family.
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    • He's a wealthy patrician, but he does have an impressive record of military service.
    • Like so many other young British patricians, he was saved from becoming a complete emotional cripple by a tenderhearted nanny.
    • Unlike many Virginia patricians of his time, he was able both to live elegantly and to preserve his property.
  • 1.2A member of a noble family or class in ancient Rome.
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    • The intention was to recreate the environment of the patricians of ancient Rome and to celebrate agrarian, pastoral, Christian, and cultured life.
    • Between 500 and 300 B.C., there developed within the body of the citizenry, a division between two social groups or classes: patricians and plebeians.
    • Montague has learned from Beckett; in both there is the iron resignation and sadness of a Roman patrician, a Cicero, or, better perhaps, a Seneca.


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  • 1Belonging to or characteristic of the aristocracy: a proud, patrician face
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    • As industrial employment declined, the luxury of patrician landowners living from landed income maintained the demand for urban services.
    • But that is a fault of the patrician government.
    • And her patrician demeanour bespeaks her standing in the sport over which she has reigned supreme for a period spanning three Olympics.
    aristocratic, noble, titled, blue-blooded, high-born, upper-class, landowning
    informal upper-crust
    archaic gentle
  • 1.1North American Belonging to or characteristic of a long-established and wealthy family.
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    • If I had to draw a parallel I would say they are like the patrician families of the reconstruction American South, trying to maintain their historic dominance after the end of slavery.
    • Perhaps it was from this socially secure family that Reynold received his patrician ease, his apparent freedom from self-doubt, and his refined aesthetic sense.
    • The major department stores, while one might be a bit trendier and another a bit more patrician, all sell pretty much the same stuff.
  • 1.2Belonging to the nobility of ancient Rome.
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    • She became the idol of patrician society of Rome.
    • Make time for Rome's patrician galleries - private collections of the great princes, in many cases still right in the family palace where they were first hung.
    • This was the era of patrician history, when scholars followed the great classical historians in holding up to posterity examples of errors, failings, and laudable deeds.


late Middle English: from Old French patricien, from Latin patricius 'having a noble father', from pater, patr- 'father'.

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