patrician

Definitions

  • I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician?
    I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician?
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj patrician 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"
    • adj patrician befitting a person of noble origin "a patrician nose"
    • n patrician a member of the aristocracy
    • n patrician a person of refined upbringing and manners
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Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Patrician A person of high birth; a nobleman.
    • Patrician (Rom. Antiq) Of or pertaining to the Roman patresfathers) or senators, or patricians.
    • Patrician Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian. "Born in the patrician file of society.""His horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood."
    • Patrician One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore.
    • Patrician (Rom. Antiq) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • patrician Belonging to or composed of the patres or fathers (the title of the senators of ancient Rome); hence, of noble birth; noble; senatorial; not plebeian: as, patrician families; patrician influence.
    • n patrician In ancient Rome, a descendant or reputed descendant of one of the original citizen families; hence, in general, a person of noble birth.
    • n patrician Under the later Roman empire, a title or dignity conferred by the emperor, often upon persons of plebeian blood, or even upon foreigners. It was frequently given to propitiate the good will of a powerful chief. The title was conferred by Pope Stephen on Pepin the Short, and was assumed by certain rulers, is Charlemagne.
    • n patrician A member of an influential class in certain German and Swiss cities in the middle ages.
    • n patrician One who is familiar with the works of the early fathers of the Christian church.
    • n patrician A member of a Christian body, probably of the fifth century, followers of one Patricius, who held dualistic doctrines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patrician pa-trish′an a nobleman in ancient Rome, being a descendant of one of the fathers or first Roman senators: a nobleman
    • adj Patrician pertaining to the ancient senators of Rome or to their descendants: of noble birth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. patricius, fr. patres, fathers or senators, pl. of pater,: cf. F. patricien,. See Paternal

Usage

In literature:

Saskia was born in Friesland, one of nine children of a wealthy patrician family.
"Rembrandt" by Estelle M. Hurll
The Patricians formed the Populus Romanus, or sovereign people.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
We have long known that the connubium was the cause of a long and determined struggle between the patricians and the plebeians in Rome.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
For what else is there in the matter, if a patrician man wed a plebeian woman, or a plebeian a patrician?
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
For it was her lot to be exalted into a type of the splendid calm patrician maiden.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
He was slender, clean-cut, high-colored, an undeniable patrician.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
A patrician mother fled before the Bulgars with two girls.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
Though a patrician by birth and training, he revealed a strong sympathy with the toiling masses.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
But, in fact, the young patrician, unaccustomed to exertion, was well wearied before they reached the river-bank.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
He might have been raised to the dignity of Patrician, if he would have renounced his Arian creed.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
Whom your patrician crimes have driven to crime.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
My sisters' husbands are patricians of the old school.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
The territorial lord (if any) now sided, usually though not always, with the patrician party.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
It was esteemed highly honorable for a Patrician to have numerous clients, both hereditary and acquired by his own merit.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
It owes its origin to Sophie Wurdemberger, a member of one of the old patrician families of Berne.
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
You are, I suppose, some old patrician?
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The difficulty was that to become tribune he must cease to be a patrician.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Modern democracy has made rude inroads on what was formerly something of a select patrician caste.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
He was both plebeian and patrician.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Pale Patricians, sunk in self-indulgence, Blink your bleared eyes.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

BUT. Two tender babes I nursed:
One was of low condition,
The other, upper crust,
A regular patrician.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
ALL (explaining to each other).
Now, this is the position:
One was of low condition,
The other a patrician,
A many years ago.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
This exquisite patrician bird
Grooming a neatly folded wing
Guarded for years the Sacred Word.
A while he sang then ceased to sing.
"In Memoriam: Four Poets" by Robert Francis
Patrician state, plebeian blood
Soon foster sybarites, and they,
Squand'ring their riches, wood by wood,
Die palsied wrecks debauched and gray.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
She guides the foot that treads on Parian floors;
She wins the ear when formal pleas are vain;
She tempts Patricians from the fatal doors
Of Vice's brothel, forth to Virtue's fane.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
When Rome was uproarious, her knowing patricians
Made "Bread and the Circus" a cure for each row;
But not so the plan of our noble physicians,
"No Bread and the Tread-mill" 's the regimen now.
"An Expostulation to Lord King" by Thomas Moore

In news:

He bought the Berkshire Eagle, and out went the familiar, patrician Miller family, who had run the paper practically as a civic institution since 1892.
You can figure it really is love when the bride, known for her patrician roots, has her family and friends learn complicated Greek dances before the wedding.
She gets to show off the spiky claws beneath her patrician finesse.
Fortunately for Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, a Reform synagogue looking to leave Newark in the 1960's, its rabbi and one of the state's patricians shared a taste for the United States Virgin Islands.
Gone is the Kansas-patrician enunciation and smartly tailored Depression-era trousers.
John Walker 3d, the patrician art connoisseur who as chief curator and then director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington shaped the museum into a world-class institution, died on Sunday at his home near Arundel in Sussex, England.
The explosion brought about a sturdy hybrid represented by Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), the European-born adopted son of the patrician Mohican Chingachgook.
Pleb — short for plebeian — comes from the Latin plebeius, the mass of ordinary citizens apart from the elite of upper-class patricians.
The quixotic candidacy of the partying patrician who wants to be governor, again.
He was a patrician figure, with a nearly English accent and a gaunt, wizened face.
Gramercy Park, an elegant square where patricians and artists share quiet brownstones and keys to a private park, has long been known as the Bloomsbury of New York.
To begin to understand how the callow Oakland A's won a seat at the table of baseball's elite, take a long glance at manager Bob Melvin's patrician visage.
Loser and Romney's fellow Massachusetts patrician John Kerry was the first candidate to say "no" to Nick .
"They thought that they could convince Roosevelt, because he was of their, the patrician class, they thought that they could convince Roosevelt to relinquish power to basically a fascist, military-type government," Denton says.
But the reader noticed it is attributed to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the patrician Democrat who succeeded Al Smith — who Cuomo is fond of quoting — as governor.
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