English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle French , from aristocratie Medieval Latin , from *aristocratia Ancient Greek ἀριστοκρατίᾱ ( aristokratíā, “ the rule of the best“, that is, “the best-born”, “nobility ” ), from ἄριστος ( áristos, “ best, noblest ” ) + -κρατίᾱ ( -kratíā ), from κράτος ( krátos, “ power, rule ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
aristocracy ( , countable and uncountable plural )
nobility, or the hereditary ruling class.
1791, Thomas Paine, Rights of Man: That, then, which is called aristocracy in some countries and nobility in others arose out of the governments founded upon conquest.
Government by such a class, or a state with such a government A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others
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Translations [ edit ]
the nobility or the hereditary ruling class
government by such a class
class of people considered superior to others
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