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Definitions of patrician

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A person of high birth; a nobleman. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One of the nobles of ancient Rome; a person of noble birth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A nobleman in ancient Rome, being a descendant of the fathers or first Roman senators: a nobleman. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A nobleman. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A nobleman, primarily of primitive senatorial descent in ancient Rome. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. In anc. Rome, one of the nobility. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the Byzantine empire Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Aristocratic. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Pertaining to a patrician or nobleman: noble. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Pertaining to a nobleman. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Senatorial; noble. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for patrician

  1. Heinz Schorlin's laugh rang out like a bell as he whispered to the Nuremberg patrician That figure is familiar to me, and neither we nor our ladies need fear any evil from it. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. In the early stages of their acquaintance he had looked upon her aloofness as an affectation, but a close intimacy had compelled a recognition of it as something wholly natural; he found her as truly a patrician as Wayne Wayland, her father, could wish. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
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