Definitions for patrician
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word patrician.
a person of refined upbringing and manners
aristocrat, blue blood, patricianadjective
a member of the aristocracy
befitting a person of noble origin
"a patrician nose"
aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patricianadjective
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
"an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"
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 senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
A person of high birth; a nobleman.
One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore or life.
Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
Of or pertaining to St. Patrick.
Etymology: patricien, from patricius, derived from patres conscripti.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Senatorial; noble; not plebeian.
Etymology: patricien, Fr. patricius, Lat.
Th’ insulting tyrant prancing o’er the field,
His horse’s hoofs wet with patrician blood! Addison.
Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
Defend the justice of my cause with arms. William Shakespeare.
You’ll find Gracchus, from patrician grown
A fencer and the scandal of the town. Dryden.
Your daughters are all married to wealthy patricians. Jonathan Swift.
A patrician is a person who is a member of the highest social class, often in ancient Rome, characterized by noble rank, wealth, or political influence. The term can also be used more generally to refer to someone who exhibits refinement, cultural elegance, or a high level of education.
of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians
of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian
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
a person of high birth; a nobleman
one familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore
Etymology: [L. patricius: cf. F. patricien.]
Patricianship, the quality of belonging to a patriciate, began in the ancient world, where cities such as Ancient Rome had a class of patrician families whose members were the only people allowed to exercise many political functions. In the rise of European towns in the 10th and 11th centuries, the patriciate, a limited group of families with a special constitutional position, in Henri Pirenne's view, was the motive force. In 19th century central Europe, the term had become synonymous with the Bourgeoisie. With the establishment of the medieval Italian republics, the patriciate was a formally defined class of governing elites found within metropolitan areas such as Venice, Florence, Genoa, and Amalfi and also in many of the Free imperial cities of Germany such as Nuremburg, Ravensburg, Augsburg, Konstanz and Lindau and Switzerland such Bern, Basel and Zurich. As in Ancient Rome, patrician status could generally only be inherited. However, membership in the patriciate could be passed on through the female line. For example, if the union was approved by her parents, the husband of patrician daughter was granted membership in the patrician society Zum Sünfzen of the Imperial Free City of Lindau as a matter of right, on the same terms as the younger son of a patrician male even if the husband was otherwise deemed socially ineligible. Accession to a patriciate through this mechanism was referred to as "erweibern."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pa-trish′an, n. a nobleman in ancient Rome, being a descendant of one of the fathers or first Roman senators: a nobleman.—adj. pertaining to the ancient senators of Rome or to their descendants: of noble birth.—n. Patric′iate, the position or duties of a patrician: the patrician order. [L. patricius—pater, patris, a father.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Patrician is ranked #140157 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Patrician surname appeared 119 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Patrician.
91.6% or 109 total occurrences were White.
5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of patrician in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of patrician in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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