Definition of arbiter elegantiarum in English:

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arbiter elegantiarum

Pronunciation: /ˌɛlɪɡantɪˈɑːrəm/
(also arbiter elegantiae /ˌɛlɪˈɡantɪʌɪ/)


A judge of artistic taste and etiquette.
Example sentences
  • And I believe you feel yourself somehow empowered as an arbiter elegantiarum, but I could be wrong.
  • The Duke of Windsor was another undisputed arbiter elegantiarum for the whole civilized world.
  • Petronius, the man of sophisticated culture, arbiter elegantiarum, is a bundle of contradictions.


Latin, 'judge of elegance', used by Tacitus to describe Petronius, Gaius, arbiter of taste at Nero's court.

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