Aus·​ten·​esque | \ ˌȯ-stə-ˈnesk How to pronounce Austenesque (audio) , ˌä- \

Definition of Austenesque

: 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

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First Known Use of Austenesque

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Austenesque

Jane Austen + -esque entry 1

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“Austenesque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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