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ARISTOCRACY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aristocracy mean? 

ARISTOCRACY (noun)
  The noun ARISTOCRACY has 2 senses:

1. a privileged class holding hereditary titles
2. the most powerful members of a society

  Familiarity information: ARISTOCRACY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARISTOCRACY (noun)


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Meaning:

A privileged class holding hereditary titles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

aristocracy; nobility

Hypernyms ("aristocracy" is a kind of...):

elite; elite group (a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status)

Meronyms (members of "aristocracy"):

aristocrat; blue blood; patrician (a member of the aristocracy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aristocracy"):

noblesse (members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility))

baronage; peerage (the peers of a kingdom considered as a group)

baronetage (the collective body of baronets)

lords temporal; second estate (the second estate of the realm: the nobility (especially British nobility) of the rank of duke or marquess or earl or viscount or baron)

knighthood (aristocrats holding the rank of knight)

samurai (feudal Japanese military aristocracy)

Instance hyponyms:

Ferdinand and Isabella (joint monarchs of Spain; Ferdinand V and Isabella I)

William and Mary (joint monarchs of England; William III and Mary II)


Sense 2aristocracy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The most powerful members of a society

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

gentry; aristocracy

Hypernyms ("aristocracy" is a kind of...):

upper class; upper crust (the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aristocracy"):

landed gentry; squirearchy (the gentry who own land (considered as a class))


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