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Meaning of PATRICIAN

Pronunciation:  pu'trishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a member of the aristocracy
  2. [n]  a person of refined upbringing and manners
  3. [adj]  of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire
  4. [adj]  belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "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"

PATRICIAN is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: aristocrat, aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue blood, blue-blooded, gentle
 Antonyms: plebeian, proletarian, propertyless
 See Also: adult, aristocracy, Baronet, Bart, Brahman, Brahmin, female aristocrat, grownup, Highness, leader, male aristocrat, nobility, noble, prince, princess, raja, rajah, ranee, rani



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa*tri"cian\, a. [L. patricius, fr. patres fathers or
    senators, pl. of pater: cf. F. patricien. See {Paternal}.]
    1. (Rom. Antiq.) Of or pertaining to the Roman patres
       (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
    2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high
       birth; noble; not plebeian.
             Born in the patrician file of society. --Sir W.
             His horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood.
  2. \Pa*tri"cian\, n. [L. patricius: cf. F. patricien.]
    1. (Rom. Antiq.) Originally, a member of any of the families
       constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman
       citizens, before the development of the plebeian order;
       later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege
       conferred, belonged to the nobility.
    2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
    3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one
       versed in patristic lore. [R.] --Colridge.
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