American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a ruling class or of the nobility.
- n. A person having the tastes, manners, or other characteristics of the aristocracy: a natural aristocrat who insists on the best accommodations.
- n. A person who advocates government by an aristocracy.
- n. One considered the best of its kind: the aristocrat of cars.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the aristocracy or men of rank in a community; hence, a person having the traits supposed to be characteristic of an aristocracy: as, “a born aristocrat,” Mrs. Browning.
- n. One who favors an aristocracy; one who is an advocate of an aristocratic form of government.
- n. One of the aristocracy, nobility, or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble (originally in Revolutionary France).
- n. A proponent of aristocracy; an advocate of aristocratic government.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the aristocracy or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble.
- n. One who is overbearing in his temper or habits; a proud or haughty person.
- n. One who favors an aristocracy as a form of government, or believes the aristocracy should govern.
- n. a member of the aristocracy
- From French aristocrate (a word from the French Revolution), from aristocratie., from ἄριστος (aristos, "best") (compare Old English ar) + κράτος (kratos, "rule"). (Wiktionary)
- French aristocrate, from aristocratie, aristocracy, from Old French, from Late Latin aristocratia; see aristocracy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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