Patrician Pa*tri"cian, n. [L. patricius: cf. F. patricien.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the nobility. [1913 Webster]

2. A person of high birth; a nobleman. [1913 Webster]

3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore. [R.] --Colridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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