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adjective (1)

Vic·​to·​ri·​an vik-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce Victorian (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the reign of Queen Victoria of England or the art, letters, or tastes of her time
: typical of the moral standards, attitudes, or conduct of the age of Victoria especially when considered stuffy, prudish, or hypocritical


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noun (1)

: a person living during Queen Victoria's reign
especially : a representative figure of that time
: a typically large and ornate house built during Queen Victoria's reign


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adjective (2)

: of or relating to Victoria
It looks very much like only one Victorian team will have a chance to push into the top four …Roy Ward


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noun (2)

plural Victorians
: a native or inhabitant of Victoria

Examples of Victorian in a Sentence

Adjective (1) My parents have very Victorian attitudes when it comes to sex. a conservative Christian sect with a code of sexual morality that is often seen as quaintly Victorian by outsiders
Recent Examples on the Web
That roughing in of a few sharper edges parallels the addition of Victorian moralism to the animal world. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Check out Eureka Books for a two-story celebration of new titles in a historic Victorian building or Booklegger to get lost in a maze of used books. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 The discovery was particularly surprising as Gittins, who had limited formal artistic training, largely discouraged people from visiting his home, an apartment on the first floor of a Victorian duplex comprising three main rooms, a hallway, kitchen and bathroom. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 7 Apr. 2024 Susan Korn, jewelry designer, Susan Alexandra: Victorian school marm meets yentl who aspires to be a cool Danish mom. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 But with King Charles’ permission, history buffs can expect an interior tour that spans the Victorian era to the present day. Armani Syed, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 In San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House, a notoriously haunted 19th century mansion, had an Easter egg hunt in its Victorian garden in 2019. William Westhoven, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 If your house contains rooms with low ceilings—as many Victorian and Edwardian terraces do in London—paint not just the walls but the doors, the skirting board, and the ceiling the same color. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 New this time around, a VIP Experience to have exclusive access to premium wines, charcuterie and cheese, dessert, private seatings, and giveaways on the lawn of the historic Victorian mansion at 115 N. Santa Cruz. Debby Rice, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024
The neighborhood is home to a variety of Victorian and Queen Anne-style houses; sycamore, palm and walnut trees — and previously, well-to-do and working-class residents. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 On a sunny afternoon last Sunday, just six groups trickled through an open house for a four-bedroom, 1.5-bath Victorian in West Oakland. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 Two centuries later, Victorian Britons appeared to suffer from a variant virus called orchidelirium, an all-consuming obsession with the fragile exotic plants first propagated commercially in the early 19th century. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 For a little rest, reserve a room at Abilene's Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast or Engle House Bed & Breakfast. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024 Fifty years later, Beaton, who would go on to serve as Queen Elizabeth’s police officer and was later appointed to the Royal Victorian Order, said that the kidnapping attempt would forever change modern security for members of the British royal family. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 In the Victorian Rose Garden, creeping helichrysum spills from stone vases, and climbing vines of Blossomtime and Aloha roses garland delicate arches. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2024 Sure, it’s set primarily in Victorian England, but Emma Stone’s wardrobe as the woman-child Bella Baxter is also expressive in a way that most period costuming isn’t. Liam Hess, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 Instead of the dour, moralistic tales that were considered appropriate nursery fare at the time, Dodgson served up absurdist takes on Victorian England’s polite tea parties, its eccentric dons, its gossipy news stories, its popular poems, songs, dances, and parlor games. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

circa 1865, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Victorian was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Victorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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: of, relating to, or typical of the reign of Queen Victoria of England or of the literature, art, and tastes of her time
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