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PATRICIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does patrician mean? 

PATRICIAN (noun)
  The noun PATRICIAN has 2 senses:

1. a person of refined upbringing and manners
2. a member of the aristocracy

  Familiarity information: PATRICIAN used as a noun is rare.


PATRICIAN (adjective)
  The adjective PATRICIAN has 2 senses:

1. of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire
2. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

  Familiarity information: PATRICIAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATRICIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A person of refined upbringing and manners

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

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

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)


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Meaning:

A member of the aristocracy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

aristocrat; blue blood; patrician

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

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)

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

ranee; rani ((the feminine of raja) a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja)

raja; rajah (a prince or king in India)

princess (a female member of a royal family other than the queen (especially the daughter of a sovereign))

prince (a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign))

male aristocrat (a man who is an aristocrat)

Highness ((Your Highness or His Highness or Her Highness) title used to address a royal person)

female aristocrat (a woman who is an aristocrat)

brahman; brahmin (a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family))

baronet; Bart (a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight)

Holonyms ("patrician" is a member of...):

aristocracy; nobility (a privileged class holding hereditary titles)


PATRICIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire

Also:

noble (of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times)

Antonym:

plebeian (of the common people of ancient Rome)

proletarian (the lowest class of citizens of ancient Rome who had no property)


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Meaning:

Belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

Synonyms:

blue-blooded; aristocratical; aristocratic; patrician; gentle; blue

Context examples:

an aristocratic family / aristocratic Bostonians / aristocratic government / a blue family / blue blood / the blue-blooded aristocracy / of gentle blood / patrician landholders of the American South / aristocratic bearing / aristocratic features / patrician tastes

Similar:

noble (of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times)


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