noun (plural optimates /ɒptɪˈmeɪtiːz/)
- 1A member of the patrician order in ancient Rome: he privately urged Cicero to determined action on behalf of the optimatesMore example sentences
- Augustus was neither an optimate nor a popularis; he was both, or rather, could be either one as the situation required.
- He could not force through his two demands in the face of stubborn opposition by the Optimates.
- Rome had already adopted the system of governing her Italian allies through the influence of the Optimates.
- 1.1A noble or aristocrat.More example sentences
- He practiced law at Florence and observed with optimate disapproval the increasing disinclination of Giuliano and Lorenzo to share power with anyone but their intimates.
- The sovereign body empowered kings, princes and optimates and could remove them.
- As Nietzsche said they would, the plebs have got steadily Denser, the optimates Quicker still on the uptake.
late 16th century: from Latin plural optimates 'aristocrats', noun use of optimas 'aristocratic', from optimus 'best'.