From Old French aristocracie, from Medieval Latin *aristocracia, from Ancient Greek άριστοκρατία (aristokratia, “the rule of the best”), from ἄριστος (áristos, “best, noblest”) + -κρατία (kratia), from κράτος (kratos, “power, rule”)
aristocracy (plural aristocracies)
- The nobility, or the hereditary ruling class
- Government by such a class, or a state with such a government
- A class of people considered (not normally universally) superior to others
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