patriciate
noun Date: circa 1656 1. the position or dignity of a patrician 2. a patrician class

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  • Patriciate — Pa*tri ci*ate, n. The patrician class; the aristocracy; also, the office of patriarch. Milman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patriciate — index society Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patriciate — [pə trish′ē it, pə trish′ēāt΄; pətrish′it] n. [ML patriciatus < L patricius] 1. the rank or position of a patrician 2. the patrician class; aristocracy …   English World dictionary

  • Patriciate — ♦ Used by modern historians to describe the governing classes of medieval towns, especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. (Reynolds, Susan. An Introduction to the History of English Medieval Towns, 199) Related terms: Patriciate ♦… …   Medieval glossary

  • patriciate — /peuh trish ee it, ayt /, n. 1. the patrician class. 2. patrician rank. [1650 60; < ML patriciatus equiv. to L patrici(us) (see PATRICIAN) + atus ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • patriciate — noun a) The rank of a patrician b) The aristocracy or nobility …   Wiktionary

  • patriciate — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. nobility, gentry, peerage; see aristocracy , royalty . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun People of the highest social level: aristocracy, blue blood, creme de la creme, elite, flower, gentility, gentry, nobility, quality,… …   English dictionary for students

  • patriciate — n. state of being an aristocrat; upper class …   English contemporary dictionary

  • patriciate — noun 1》 a noble order or class. 2》 the position or rank of patrician in ancient Rome …   English new terms dictionary

  • patriciate — pa·tri·ci·ate …   English syllables

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