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.
Patriciate] Used by modern historians to describe the governing classes of medieval towns, especially during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. (Reynolds, Susan. An Introduction to the History of English Medieval Towns, 199) Related terms: Patriciate
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"
A Roman noble citizen. The Patrician class owned most of the land and were responsible for holding the high offices and leading the army. Members of the Patrician class were established during the Monarchy and could buy seats on the Senate.