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Victorian

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adjective Vic·to·ri·an \ vik-ˈtȯr-ē-ən \

Definition of Victorian

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

Examples of victorian in a Sentence

  1. My parents have very Victorian attitudes when it comes to sex.

  2. a conservative Christian sect with a code of sexual morality that is often seen as quaintly Victorian by outsiders

First Known Use of victorian

1839


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Victorian

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Definition of Victorian

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

First Known Use of victorian

1876


VICTORIAN Defined for English Language Learners

Victorian

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Definition of Victorian for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or typical of the period from 1837–1901 when Queen Victoria ruled England

  • : similar to the old-fashioned moral values that were typical during the time of Queen Victoria



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