Shakespearean

adjective
Shake·​spear·​ean
variants: or Shakespearian or less commonly Shaksperean or Shaksperian \ shāk-​ˈspir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Shakespearean (audio) \

Definition of Shakespearean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Shakespeare or his writings
2 : evocative of a theme, setting, or event from a work of Shakespeare Shakespearean pageantry

Shakespearean

noun
variants: or Shakespearian or less commonly Shaksperean or Shaksperian

Definition of Shakespearean (Entry 2 of 2)

: an authority on or devotee of Shakespeare

First Known Use of Shakespearean

Adjective

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Shakespearean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shakespearean. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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