Patrician (ancient Rome) - Etymology

Etymology

The word "patrician" is derived from the Latin word patricius (plural patricii), which comes from patr─ôs, the plural of the Latin word pater (father). Pater was one of the terms applied to the original members of the Roman Senate. The word comes down in English as "patrician" from the Middle English patricion, from the Old French patrician. In modern English, the word patrician is generally used to denote a member of the upper class, often with connotations of inherited wealth, elitism, and a sense of noblesse oblige.

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