Origin: L. Patricius, fr. Patres fathers or senators, pl. Of pater: cf. F. Patricien. See Paternal.
1. 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.
Origin: L. Patricius: cf. F. Patricien.