• IPA: /pətɹˈɪʃən/

patrician (plural patricians)

  1. (antiquity) A member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], page 31 ↗, column 1:
      Noble Patricians, Patrons of my right, / Defend the iuſtice of my Cauſe with Armes.
  2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
  3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore or life.
Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Of or pertaining to the Roman patres ("fathers") or senators, or patricians.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
    • 1829, Walter Scott, Anne of Geierstein:
      born in the patrician file of society
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 1, scene 1]:
      his horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood
Related terms

patrician (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to Saint Patrick.

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