What does aristocracy mean?

Definitions for aristocracyˌær əˈstɒk rə si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nobility, aristocracy(noun)

    a privileged class holding hereditary titles

  2. gentry, aristocracy(noun)

    the most powerful members of a society


  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

  5. Origin: [Gr. ; best + to be strong, to rule, strength; is perh. from the same root as E. arm, and orig. meant fitting: cf. F. aristocratie. See Arm, and Create, which is related to Gr. .]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aristocracy

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aristocracy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aristocracy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Neal:

    The principle here is not to create a permanent aristocracy.

  2. Frank Herbert, Dune:

    All governments eventually lean further and further towards aristocracy.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

  4. Gilbert Keith Chesterton:

    Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

  5. G. K. Chesterton:

    There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

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