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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pa·tri·cian /pəˈtrɪʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·tri·cian a.
 1. Rom. Antiq. Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
 2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
    Born in the patrician file of society.   --Sir W. Scott.
    His horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood.   --Addison.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·tri·cian, n.
 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.
 2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
 3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of the hereditary aristocracy or ruling class of ancient
             Rome or medieval Europe; of honorary nobility in the
             Byzantine empire [ant: plebeian, proletarian]
      2: 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" [syn: aristocratic, aristocratical,
          blue, blue-blooded, gentle]
      n 1: a person of refined upbringing and manners
      2: a member of the aristocracy [syn: aristocrat, blue blood]