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aristocracy (ˌærɪˈstɒkrəsɪ



(plural) -cies
  1. a privileged class of people usually of high birth; the nobility
  2. such a class as the ruling body of a state
  3. government by such a class
  4. a state governed by such a class
  5. a class of people considered to be outstanding in a sphere of activity

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia rule by the best-born, from aristos best; see -cracy


View thesaurus entry
= upper class, elite, nobility, gentry, peerage, ruling class, patricians, upper crust (informal), noblesse (literary), haut monde (French), patriciate, body of nobles

Quotations including 'aristocracy'

  • "Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated" [G.K. Chesterton
  • "An aristocracy in a republic is like a chicken whose head has been cut off; it may run about in a lively way, but in fact it is dead" [Nancy Mitford
  • "There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent" [Thomas Jefferson

Translations for 'aristocracy'

  • British English: aristocracy The aristocracy is a class of people in some countries who have a high social rank and special titles. NOUN...a member of the aristocracy.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: aristocracia
  • Chinese: 贵族阶级贵貴族阶階级級
  • European Spanish: aristocracia
  • French: aristocratie
  • German: Aristokratie
  • Italian: aristocrazia
  • Japanese: 貴族階級
  • Korean: 귀족 계급
  • Portuguese: aristocracia
  • Spanish: aristocracia


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