from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • adjective rare, rare, rare Of or pertaining to the nobility or aristocracy.

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


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



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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