Proust·​ian ˈprü-stē-ən How to pronounce Proustian (audio)
: of, relating to, suggestive of, or associated with Marcel Proust or his writings: such as
: marked by a complex, highly detailed style
In spite of its Proustian sentences and its surrealist feints, Krasznahorkai's novel is in fact a rather elementary tale.Robert Boyers
… as she described the mid-20th-century Schenectady city-parks tennis scene in Proustian detail, the hours flew by like anvils.Charles Leerhsen
: relating to or evoking the recall of a forgotten memory
… there is something Proustian about the tea sandwich. For some people, it evokes warm memories of church socials, showers, Mom's bridge-club luncheons, and similar white-glove occasions.Evelyn Battaglia
… Terry had already started a fire using several cords of dried hickory, whose smell can induce Proustian reveries in southerners everywhere.Pat Conroy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The author of a previous book on urban foraging that received the M.F.K. Fisher Book Prize, Chin writes with a Proustian flourish about scrumptious foodscapes, and her new book — a valentine to four generations of her Asian American ancestors — plays to her strengths. Rhoda Feng, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 And then there are those cherry cordials, my Proustian cookie. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Proustian was in 1923

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“Proustian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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