- patrician: see patron
- patrician (n.)
- early 15c., "member of the ancient Roman noble order," from Middle French patricien, from Latin patricius "of the rank of the nobles, of the senators; of fatherly dignity," from patres conscripti "Roman senators," literally "fathers," plural of pater "father" (see father (n.)). Contrasted, in ancient Rome, with plebeius. Applied to noble citizens and higher orders of free folk in medieval Italian and German cities (sense attested in English from 1610s); hence "nobleman, aristocrat" in a modern sense (1630s). As an adjective, attested from 1610s, from the noun.
- 1. He was a lean, patrician gent in his early sixties.
- 2. The old patrician was buried in the family vault.
- 3. But in practice Geneva was a patrician gerontocracy, dominated by a few families.
- 4. Its patrician dignity was a picturesque sham.
- 5. He was reticent, patrician, bookish, urbane.
- 他沉默含蓄, 雍容华贵, 书生气十足,而又温文有礼.
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