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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ar-uh-stok-ruh-see]
    • /ˌær əˈstɒk rə si/
    • /ˌær.ɪˈstɒk.rə.si/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ar-uh-stok-ruh-see]
    • /ˌær əˈstɒk rə si/

Definitions of aristocracy word

  • countable noun aristocracy The aristocracy is a class of people in some countries who have a high social rank and special titles. 3
  • noun aristocracy a privileged class of people usually of high birth; the nobility 3
  • noun aristocracy such a class as the ruling body of a state 3
  • noun aristocracy government by such a class 3
  • noun aristocracy a state governed by such a class 3
  • noun aristocracy a class of people considered to be outstanding in a sphere of activity 3

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Origin of aristocracy

First appearance:

before 1555
One of the 31% oldest English words
1555-65; (< Middle French aristocratie) < Medieval Latin aristocracia (variant of -tia) < Greek aristokratía rule of the best. See aristo-, -cracy

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Parts of speech for Aristocracy


aristocracy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for aristocracy

noun aristocracy

  • gentility — good breeding or refinement.
  • upper crust — the topmost layer of crust, as of a pie.
  • gentry — wellborn and well-bred people.
  • nobility — the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
  • upper class — a class of people above the middle class, having the highest social rank or standing based on wealth, family connections, and the like.

Antonyms for aristocracy

noun aristocracy

  • proletariat — the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class.

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