A particularly wealthy or influential aristocrat, who usually has direct access to his king or prince. Magnates were the greatest nobles of the realm.
Related term(s): Aristocrat; Noble; Tenant-in-chief; Nobility; Aristocracy; Peerage
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.