Meaning of “aristocracy” in the English Dictionary

"aristocracy" in British English

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aristocracynoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˌær.ɪˈstɒk.rə.si/ us /ˌer.əˈstɑː.krə.si/

a class of people who hold high social rank:

members of the aristocracy

(Definition of “aristocracy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aristocracy" in American English

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aristocracynoun [ C ]

us /ˌær·əˈstɑk·rə·si/

a class of people of high social rank

politics & government An aristocracy is also a government ruled by or consisting of people of a high social class.

aristocrat
noun [ C ] us /əˈrɪs·təˌkræt, ˈær·ə·stə-/

a prep-school-educated American aristocrat
aristocratic
adjective [ gradable ] us /əˌrɪs·təˈkræt̬·ɪk, ˌær·ə·stə-/

His aristocratic manner alienated many voters.

(Definition of “aristocracy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)