American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


PATRI'CIAN, adjective [Latin patricius, from pater, father.] Senatorial; noble; not plebeian. This epithet is derived from the Roman patres, fathers, the title of Roman senators; as patrician birth or blood; patrician families.

PATRI'CIAN, noun A nobleman. In the Roman state, the patricians were the descendants of the first Roman senators.