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a member of an , especially a noble.
a person who has the tastes, manners, etc., characteristic of members of an .
an advocate of an form of government.
anything regarded as the best, most elegant, or most stylish of its kind:
the aristocrat of California wines.
Contemporary Examples

The French aristocrat Marquis de Sade once said that “It is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”
The Twisted Sadism of ‘Borgman’ Alex Suskind June 27, 2014

As Benzion’s son, Benjamin Netanyahu was an aristocrat in Likud politics—but an outsider as well, a rebel duke from the provinces.
Benzion Netanyahu’s Legacies Gershom Gorenberg April 30, 2012

He was a lowly country lawyer and she a Kentucky aristocrat who had come to visit her older sister in Illinois.
Lincoln in Love Jerome Charyn February 13, 2014

His paternal grandmother, an aristocrat, fled Russia at the time of the revolution.
Britain’s New Political Superstar Niall Stanage April 19, 2010

In 1948, Charles Aron, co-owner of aristocrat, divorced his wife, Evelyn.
The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters Alex Belth August 1, 2014

Historical Examples

He was an aristocrat by descent and by nature; a noble one, but a thorough aristocrat.
Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller

Therefore it is clear to my mind that the word was not ‘artichoke,’ but ‘aristocrat,’ that he used.
Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri

There is some aristocrat Raymond Latour would do all in his power to help.
The Light That Lures Percy Brebner

You are an aristocrat, and must have an escort—and must pay for it.
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

As to the two last, even Joshua Brigham was much more of an aristocrat than I was myself.
The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper

a member of the aristocracy; a noble
a person who has the manners or qualities of a member of a privileged or superior class
a person who advocates aristocracy as a form of government

1789, from French aristocrate, a word of the Revolution, a back-formation from aristocratie (see aristocracy).


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