Aus·​ten·​esque ˌȯ-stə-ˈnesk How to pronounce Austenesque (audio)
: austenian
Left fatherless in adolescence, she was married off by an Austenesque mother to a man who spent on women what he did not lose in gambling …Stuart Curran, Romantic Writings, 1996
Austenesque powers of social observation …Margalit Fox, New York Times Book Review, 10 Jan. 1999

Word History


Jane Austen + -esque entry 1

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Austenesque was in 1903

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“Austenesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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