Pre-Raphaelite

noun
Pre-Ra·​pha·​el·​ite | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈra-fē-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce Pre-Raphaelite (audio) , -ˈrā-, -ˈrä- \

Definition of Pre-Raphaelite

1a : a member of a brotherhood of artists formed in England in 1848 to restore the artistic principles and practices regarded as characteristic of Italian art before Raphael
b : an artist or writer influenced by this brotherhood
2 : a modern artist dedicated to restoring early Renaissance ideals or methods

Other Words from Pre-Raphaelite

Pre-Raphaelite adjective
Pre-Raphaelitism \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈra-​fē-​ə-​ˌlī-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce Pre-Raphaelite (audio) , -​ˈrā-​ , -​ˈrä-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Pre-Raphaelite

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Learn More About Pre-Raphaelite

Time Traveler for Pre-Raphaelite

Time Traveler

The first known use of Pre-Raphaelite was in 1850

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Pre-Raphaelite

prerace

Pre-Raphaelite

prerational

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Pre-Raphaelite

Cite this Entry

“Pre-Raphaelite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pre-Raphaelite. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!