a·ris·to·crat (ə-rĭstə-krăt′, ărĭs-)
1. A member of a ruling class or of the nobility.
2. A person having the tastes, manners, or other characteristics of the aristocracy: a natural aristocrat who insists on the best accommodations.
3. A person who advocates government by an aristocracy.
4. One considered the best of its kind: the aristocrat of cars.
[French aristocrate, from aristocratie, aristocracy, from Old French, from Late Latin aristocratia; see ARISTOCRACY.]
a·ris′to·cratic, a·ris′to·crati·cal adj.
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