Definitions for aristocracyˌær əˈstɒk rə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•is•toc•ra•cyˌær əˈstɒk rə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.

    Category: Government

  3. government by the best or most able people in the state.

    Category: Government

  4. a governing body composed of the best or most able people.

    Category: Government

  5. any class or group regarded as superior because of education, ability, or wealth.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of aristocracy:

1555–65; (< MF aristocratie) < ML aristocracia < Gk aristokratía=aristo(s) best, noblest +-kratia-ceacy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nobility, aristocracy(noun)

    a privileged class holding hereditary titles

  2. gentry, aristocracy(noun)

    the most powerful members of a society

Wiktionary

  1. aristocracy(Noun)

    The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class

  2. aristocracy(Noun)

    Government by such a class, or a state with such a government

  3. aristocracy(Noun)

    A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others

  4. Origin: From aristocracie, from *, from άριστοκρατία, from aristos + -kratia, from kratein

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aristocracy(noun)

    government by the best citizens

  2. Aristocracy(noun)

    a ruling body composed of the best citizens

  3. Aristocracy(noun)

    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

  4. Aristocracy(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Aristocracy

    Aristocracy is a form of government in which power is in the hands of a small, privileged, ruling class. The term derives from the Greek aristokratia, meaning "rule of the best". At the time of the word's origins in Ancient Greece, it was conceived as rule by the best qualified citizens and was often contrasted favourably with monarchy, the rule of a single individual. In later times, aristocracy was usually seen as rule by a privileged group, the aristocratic class, and was contrasted with democracy.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

aristocracy(noun)

in some countries, the nobility and others of the highest social class, who usually own land.

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