arbiter elegantiae

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ar′biter e•le•gan′ti•ae

(ˌɛl əˈgæn ʃiˌi)

also arbiter e•le•gan•ti•a•rum

(ˌɛl əˌgæn ʃiˈɛər əm)
n.
a judge of elegance or matters of taste.
[1810–20; < Latin]
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For, while he was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to the London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.
For, while [Dorian] was but too ready to accept the position that was almost immediately offered to him on his coming of age, and found, indeed, a subtle pleasure in the thought that he might really become to London of his own day what to imperial Neronian Rome the author of the Satyricon once had been, yet in his inmost heart he desired to be something more than a mere arbiter elegantiarum, to be consulted on the wearing of a jewel, or the knotting of a necktie, or the conduct of a cane.