Definition of patrician in English:


Line breaks: pa|tri¦cian
Pronunciation: /pəˈtrɪʃ(ə)n


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, peer of the realm, titled man/woman/person, landowner;
landowning class, landed gentry/aristocracy
informal top person
British informal nob, rah, chinless wonder
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, noble-born, of noble birth, titled, blue-blooded, high-born, well born, upper-class, elite, landowning, landed, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth;
British county, upmarket
informal upper-crust, top-drawer, {huntin', shootin', and fishin'}
archaic gentle, of gentle birth
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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