a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “best,” occurring either in direct loans (aristocratic), or in the formation of compound words:
Historical Examples

A combined toning solution for aristo may be bought ready prepared, or one can prepare it at home.
Harper’s Round Table, June 11, 1895 Various

“We will send him,” said the King to Proxenus, aristo’s guardian.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8 Elbert Hubbard

It was not the first woman’s face they had seen under like circumstances, and there was no special interest about this aristo.
El Dorado Baroness Orczy

aristo, the stoic philosopher, used to fast for days on acorns.
Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou

The laws of the Republic permit, nay desire every good patriot to ally himself with an aristo, if he have a mind.
Lord Tony’s Wife Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Eudorus accused aristo, but the style is more like that of aristo.
The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3) Strabo

The lace on the aristo’s kerchief would pay the baker’s bill of a whole family for a month!
I Will Repay Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The possibility flashed on me when I was half-mad with rage and disappointment at the callous cruelty of the aristo Council.
Astounding Stories, July, 1931 Various

There is a legend to the effect that Philip went with aristo, and that for a time they were together at Plato’s school.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8 Elbert Hubbard

The goats were so wild that hardly any one but aristo had ever seen them, but he knew they were there.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8 Elbert Hubbard

noun (pl) -tos
(informal) short for aristocrat


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