Definitions of aristocracy

  1. a privileged class holding hereditary titles Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the most powerful members of a society Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Government by the best citizens. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A ruling body composed of the best citizens. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A form a government, in which the supreme power is vested in the principal persons of a state, or in a privileged order; an oligarchy. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The nobles or chief persons in a state; a privileged class or patrician order; (in a popular use) those who are regarded as superior to the rest of the community, as in rank, fortune, or intellect. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Government by persons of the highest rank in a state; the nobility or chief persons in a state; those regarded as superior to the rest of their community in rank, wealth, or intellect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Government by the best men or nobles: the nobility or chief persons of a state. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Government by nobles; nobility. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A hereditary nobility, or government by such a nobility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Government by the nobles; the nobility. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Government by nobles; the nobility or chief persons of a country. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. A government in which a class of men rules supreme. A form of government which is lodged in a council composed of select members or nobles, without a monarch, and exclusive of the people. A privileged class of the people; nobles and dignitaries; people of wealth and station. thelawdictionary.org
  14. That form of government in which the sovereign power is exercised by a small number of persons to the exclusion of the remainder of the people. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  15. ar-is-tok'ras-i, n. government by the men of best birth or condition: political power of a privileged order: the nobility or chief persons of a state: the upper classes generally, also the persons noted for superiority in any quality, taken collectively--also ARISTARCH'Y (rare).--n. ARISTOCRAT (ar'is-to-krat, or ar-is'-), one who belongs to or favours an aristocracy: a haughty person.--adjs. ARISTOCRAT'IC, -AL, belonging to aristocracy: gentlemanly, stylish.--adv. ARISTOCRAT'ICALLY.--n. ARISTOCRAT'ISM. [Gr. aristos, best, and kratos, power.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Government by the best citizens; supremacy of privileged order, oligarchy; state so governed; ruling body of nobles; class from which ruling body is drawn, nobles; the best representatives of (intellect &c.). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. See Oligarchy. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. [Greek] A government, in which the power is vested in a privileged order; –the nobility or chief persons in a state. Cabinet Dictionary
  19. That form of government which places the supreme power in the nobles. Complete Dictionary