Edwardian

adjective

Ed·​war·​di·​an e-ˈdwär-dē-ən How to pronounce Edwardian (audio)
-ˈdwȯr-
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Edward VII of England or his age
especially, of clothing : marked by the hourglass silhouette for women and long narrow fitted suits and high collars for men
Edwardian noun

Examples of Edwardian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Edwardian artist is credited with increasing the cute appeal of our feline friends by giving them human hobbies and pastimes. Zara Khan, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 And not just to big 1980s shoulders and bigger Edwardian sleeves or even Y2K trends: low-rise cargos, cropped tops, Uggs. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Riding the current private-club popularity wave, the new The Twenty Two — which opened last year in Mayfair in an Edwardian manor with 18th-century classical French design — has quickly become a hideaway for guests such as Tom Cruise, Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, Kylie Jenner and Post Malone. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2023 Shawn wore a custom white gown by Emily Tonge (a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Art) made from patchwork antique doilies, handkerchiefs, and Edwardian lace, her hair done in a twist with baby’s breath by her childhood hairstylist, Shelly Marie. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 Much like an old Edwardian house on wheels, this train gleams from polish, with soft herringbone throws on tweed upholstery along with the luxurious smell of Bamford products in the bathrooms. Monisha Rajesh, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Oct. 2023 At first glance, Lila Moss doesn’t have all that much in common with Eliza Doolittle, an Edwardian flower girl who yearned for a life with warm feet and warm hands. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2023 What happens when a group of eccentric theater people gather in a posh Edwardian mansion? David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 Kosuge specialized in Edwardian dresses, and Bachman had an eye for more contemporary pieces. Curbed, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Edwardian was in 1908

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“Edwardian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Edwardian. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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