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Topic: HISTORY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: patricien, from Latin patricius, from patres 'senators', from pater 'father'

patrician

adjective
     
pa‧tri‧cian
1 typical of a member of the highest class in society:
a patrician manner
2SHPGO belonging to the high class of people that governed in ancient Rome
patrician noun [countable]
plebeian
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