Etymology
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aristocratic (adj.)

c. 1600, "pertaining to aristocracy," from French aristocratique, from Latinized form of Greek aristokratikos "belonging to the rule of the best," from aristokratia (see aristocracy). The meaning "grand, stylish, befitting the nobility" is from 1845. Related: Aristocratical (1580s); aristocratically.

updated on September 24, 2022

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