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Noun: aristocracy  ,er-i'stó-kru-see [N. Amer], ,a-ri'stó-kru-see [Brit]
  1. A privileged class holding hereditary titles
    - nobility
  2. The most powerful members of a society
    - gentry
  3. Government by an aristocratic class; a state with such a government

Derived forms: aristocracies

Type of: elite, élite [Brit], elite group, upper class, upper crust

Encyclopedia: Aristocracy