Aus·​te·​ni·​an ˌȯ-ˈstē-nē-ən How to pronounce Austenian (audio)
: 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

Word History


Jane Austen †1817 English novelist + -ian

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Austenian was in 1893

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“Austenian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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