aristocrat

Definitions

  • THE ARISTOCRAT
    THE ARISTOCRAT
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aristocrat a member of the aristocracy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Developed in Egypt about 5,000 years ago, the greyhound breed was known before the ninth century in England, where it was bred by aristocrats to hunt such small game as hares.
    • Aristocrat One of the aristocracy or people of rank in a community; one of a ruling class; a noble.
    • Aristocrat One who favors an aristocracy as a form of government, or believes the aristocracy should govern. "His whole family are accused of being aristocrats ."
    • Aristocrat One who is overbearing in his temper or habits; a proud or haughty person. "A born aristocrat , bred radical."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Renaissance, fashionable aristocratic Italian women shaved their hair several inches back from their natural hairlines.
    • n aristocrat A member of the aristocracy or men of rank in a community; hence, a person having the traits supposed to be characteristic of an aristocracy: as, “a born aristocrat,” Mrs. Browning.
    • n aristocrat One who favors an aristocracy; one who is an advocate of an aristocratic form of government.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
    • n Aristocrat (ar′is-to-krat, or ar-is′-) one who belongs to or favours an aristocracy: a haughty person
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Quotations

  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, democrat, autocrat, just be it one that can rule and dare not lie.”
  • John Updike
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    “Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
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    “What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.”
  • Victor Hugo
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    “My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.”
  • Owen Wister
    Owen Wister
    “An aristocrat in morals as in mind.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. aristocrate,. See Aristocracy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. aristos, best, and kratos, power.

Usage

In literature:

The sons of popes ranked with the proudest of aristocratic families.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
This is the aristocratic quarter of Bombay.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
Your masters, who are his scholars, conceive that all refinement has an aristocratic character.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The Bible is the most formidable book which was ever penned against aristocratic usurpation.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
He was 'by birth an Irishman, and by nature an aristocrat.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
A third aristocratic junto of twenty-four was appointed to make grants of money to the crown.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
There was a subdivision of the Aristocrats, into violent and moderate, which was important.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Aristocratic France was offered its last chance, and committed its last act of arrogance and folly.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
Our 'Aristocratic' was got up on the good-of-the-house principle.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
And was she not the most perfect of all aristocratically governed nations?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 110, December, 1866" by Various
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In poetry:

"My GENERAL JOHN! my GENERAL JOHN!
My GENERAL JOHN!" quoth he,
"This aristocratical sneer upon
Your face I blush to see!
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It was noticed he constantly sighed
As she worked out the scheme she had planned,
A fact he endeavoured to hide
With his aristocratical hand.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O pale Aristocrat, that liest there,
So cold, so silent! Couldst thou not in grace
Have borne with us still longer, and so spare
The scorn we see in that proud, placid face?
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
My first was little Emmeline,
More beautiful than day was she;
Her proud, aristocratic mien
Was what at once attracted me.
I naturally did not know
That I should soon dislike her so.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
My stately old aristocrats—
I fancy still their talk must be
Of rose - conserves and Persian cats,
And lavender and Indian tea;—
I wonder sometimes as I pass
If they approve of me.
"The Poplars" by Theodosia Garrison
Aw should think as they've come into th' world born i' silk,
They'll be aristocratical varmin;
But awm wasting mi time! awl goa get 'em some milk,
An na daat but th' owd lass likes it warmin.
"Did Yo Ivver!" by John Hartley

In news:

Have you always dreamed of dining like the aristocrats on the Titanic.
Three Dividend Aristocrats Ben Graham Might Buy.
Pictographs have been found depicting aristocrats fishing for pleasure thousands of years ago.
China's "princelings" are emerging as an aristocratic class with an increasingly important say in ruling the country.
A trio of handwritten notes, each from an aristocrat asking to be admitted into the society.
Marie Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, the Princesse de Lamballe, was born in Turin in 1749 to the aristocratic House of Savoy.
The Aristocrats may be the foulest-mouthed movie of the summer, but Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is the foulest in deed, actually depicting some of the nigh-unspeakable acts that are merely hypothetically talked about in the former film.
Slim Aarons's photographs of the lush life show aristocrats and celebrities in their native habitats—vineyards, villas, estates.
Dark Shad­ows is very loosely based on the TV series from the late '60s and stars Johnny Depp as the aris­to­cratic son of an indus­tri­ous fam­ily turned cursed vam­pire, Barn­abas Collins.
Aristocrats began it by setting greyhounds after hares, but its popular roots lie in the coal-mining towns of the 1920s.
The book deals with Hepburn 's aristocratic childhood, the highs and lows of Hepburn 's career and her affair with Howard Hughes ("the lustiest of her relationships") and the love of her life, Spencer Tracy.
Everyone was in love with this beautiful gazelle of an actress, but none of her qualities -- innocence, freshness, unspoiled charm, grace, aristocratic bearing -- seem to entirely explain her popularity.
But the aristocratic shipping heir — and former playboy.
She was also seen in the hit film The Aristocrats, and the documentaries Making Trouble and I am Comic.
It is said that Rachel was wont to chant the "Marseillaise" in a manner that made her seem, for the time, the very spirit and impersonation of the gaunt, wild, hungry, avenging mob which rose against aristocratic oppression.
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