Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a ruling class or of the nobility.
  • noun A person having the tastes, manners, or other characteristics of the aristocracy.
  • noun A person who advocates government by an aristocracy.
  • noun One considered the best of its kind.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun One who favors an aristocracy; one who is an advocate of an aristocratic form of government.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of the aristocracy or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble.
  • noun One who is overbearing in his temper or habits; a proud or haughty person.
  • noun One who favors an aristocracy as a form of government, or believes the aristocracy should govern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One of the aristocracy, nobility, or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble (originally in Revolutionary France).
  • noun A proponent of aristocracy; an advocate of aristocratic government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a member of the aristocracy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French aristocrate, from aristocratie, aristocracy, from Old French, from Late Latin aristocratia; see aristocracy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French aristocrate (a word from the French Revolution), from aristocratie., from ἄριστος (aristos, "best") (compare Old English ar) + κράτος (kratos, "rule").

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  • An eccentric aristocrat is hoping to give away his 16-bedroom mansion to a complete stranger and then move into "the comfort" of a council house, it emerged today.

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