Austenian

adjective
Aus·​te·​ni·​an | \ ˌȯ-ˈstē-nē-ən How to pronounce Austenian (audio) , -ˈste-, ˌä-\

Definition of Austenian

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Jane Austen or her writings One of the reasons she is so readable is her Austenian talent for depicting domestic hypocrisies and drawing room cruelties. — Sandra Barwick, Evening Standard (London), 17 Jan. 1995 … her impressions of the voyage and plantation life are described in genteel, if convoluted, Austenian prose.— Mustapha Marrouchi, College Literature, 22 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of Austenian

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Austenian

Jane Austen †1817 English novelist + -ian

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