adjective (1)
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Definition of Victorian

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the reign of Queen Victoria of England or the art, letters, or tastes of her time
2 : typical of the moral standards, attitudes, or conduct of the age of Victoria especially when considered stuffy, prudish, or hypocritical


noun (1)

Definition of Victorian (Entry 2 of 4)

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


adjective (2)

Definition of Victorian (Entry 3 of 4)

: 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


noun (2)
plural Victorians

Definition of Victorian (Entry 4 of 4)

: a native or inhabitant of Victoria

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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

First Known Use of Victorian

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

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“Victorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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