Definition of optimate in English:

optimate

Line breaks: opti|mate
Pronunciation: /ˈɒptɪmət/

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noun (plural optimates /ɒptɪˈmeɪtiːz/)

  • 1A member of the patrician order in ancient Rome: he privately urged Cicero to determined action on behalf of the optimates
  • 1.1A noble or aristocrat.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin plural optimates 'aristocrats', noun use of optimas 'aristocratic', from optimus 'best'.

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