Definitions

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  • n. A member of the patrician ruling class in republican Ancient Rome; an aristocrat, a noble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the nobility or aristocracy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to the optimates or nobility; noble.
  • n. One of the optimates.

Etymologies

From Latin optimātēs, masculine plural form of optimās ("best, noblest"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "(...) and the great families—then as now—preferred to inter their long-limbed dead in vaults on their own estates. But the armigers and optimates of the city favored the highest slopes, near the Citadel wall;" -- Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008