Elizabethan

/i liz'euh bee"theuhn, -beth"euhn/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to the reign of Elizabeth I, queen of England, or to her times: Elizabethan diplomacy; Elizabethan music.
2. noting or pertaining to an English Renaissance style of architecture of the reign of Elizabeth I characterized by fantastic sculptured or molded ornament of German or Flemish origin, symmetrical layouts, and an emphasis on domestic architecture. Cf. Jacobean (def. 2).
n.
3. an English person who lived during the Elizabethan period, esp. a poet or dramatist.
[1810-20; ELIZABETH + -AN]

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  • Elizabethan — E*liz a*beth an, prop. a. Pertaining to Queen Elizabeth I. or her times, esp. to the architecture or literature of her reign; as, the Elizabethan writers, drama, literature. n. One who lived in England in the time of Queen Elizabeth. Lowell.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elizabethan — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or characteristic of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 1603). ► NOUN ▪ a person, especially a writer, of the Elizabethan age …   English terms dictionary

  • Elizabethan — (adj.) 1807 (Elizabethean); Coleridge (1817) has Elizabethian, and Carlyle (1840) finally attains the modern form. Belonging to the period of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 1603). The noun is first attested 1881. See ELIZABETH (Cf. Elizabeth). John Knox …   Etymology dictionary

  • Elizabethan — [ē liz΄ə bē′thən, iliz΄ə bē′thən] adj. of or characteristic of the time when Elizabeth I was queen of England n. an English person, esp. a writer, of the time of Queen Elizabeth I …   English World dictionary

  • Elizabethan — E|liz|a|be|than [ıˌlızəˈbi:θən] adj relating to the period 1558 1603 when Elizabeth I was queen of England ▪ Elizabethan drama >Elizabethan n ▪ The Earl of Essex was a famous Elizabethan …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Elizabethan — [[t]ɪlɪ̱zəbi͟ːθ(ə)n[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Elizabethan means belonging to or connected with England in the second half of the sixteenth century, when Elizabeth the First was Queen. ...Elizabethan England. ...the Elizabethan theatre …   English dictionary

  • Elizabethan — adjective connected to the period 1558 1603 when Elizabeth I was queen of England: Elizabethan drama Elizabethan noun (C): The Earl of Essex was a famous Elizabethan …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Elizabethan — UK [ɪˌlɪzəˈbiːθ(ə)n] / US [ɪˌlɪzəˈbɪθn] adjective relating to the time when Elizabeth I was the queen of England, 1558–1603 Derived word: Elizabethan UK / US noun countable Word forms Elizabethan : singular Elizabethan plural Elizabethans …   English dictionary

  • Elizabethan — E•liz•a•be•than [[t]ɪˌlɪz əˈbi θən, ˈbɛθ ən[/t]] adj. 1) why of or pertaining to the reign of Elizabeth I, queen of England, or to her times: Elizabethan drama[/ex] 2) why a person who lived in England during the Elizabethan period, esp. a poet… …   From formal English to slang

  • Elizabethan — adjective Date: 1807 of, relating to, or characteristic of Elizabeth I of England or her reign • Elizabethan noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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