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Borrowing from Middle French patricien, from Latin pātricius, derived from patrēs cōnscrīptī(Roman senators).


patrician ‎(plural patricians)

  1. (antiquity) 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.
  2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
  3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore or life.



patrician ‎(comparative more patrician, superlative most patrician)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman patres ("fathers") or senators, or patricians.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      born in the patrician file of society
    • Addison
      his horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood

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