Crossword Genius

Close to some characters in Byzantine aristocracy (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

near

Here is my best explanation:

'close to' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'some characters in byzantine aristocracy' is the subsidiary indication.

'some characters in' says the answer is hidden in the clue.

'near' is hidden within 'byzantine aristocracy'.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for near that I've seen before include "Almost; approach", "Close in time or space", "Adjacent", "Miserly; approach", "Easy to reach - hard to touch!", "Approaching", "Hard by", "Miserly and proximate", "Close; almost" and "Close-fisted - approach".)

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