Main definitions of Victorian in English

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Victorian1

adjective

  • 1Relating to the reign of Queen Victoria.

    ‘a Victorian house’
    • ‘During the Fling, Leat's pieces will be showcased here in the old converted Victorian schoolhouse he uses as a workshop.’
    • ‘It is described as a romance, set across the social divide in the world of Victorian industrial society.’
    • ‘The Irish Georgian Society will advise on Georgian and Victorian properties.’
    • ‘So the new blocks are built around quadrangles in the style of a Victorian school.’
    • ‘At the top of the tall, narrow Victorian townhouse, on a small landing beneath a skylight, perches Gunn's writing desk.’
    • ‘The Little Brown book provides a fascinating study of life in Victorian times, its attitudes, squalor and suffering.’
    • ‘It seems as if we are living in a society that has burned its bras while still wearing the Victorian corset.’
    • ‘He spoke to me about the origins of the Society in the late Victorian period when there was a great deal of interest in the occult.’
    • ‘Many of the schools are built on split sites or have outdated Victorian buildings.’
    • ‘These schools, which are often like Victorian borstals, still exist.’
    • ‘It was a moral code which long outlasted the Victorian era, and vestiges of it still remain.’
    • ‘It is a place of prostitution and opium, and a home to the many hapless children orphaned by the double standards of Victorian society.’
    • ‘The elegant Victorian brick-fronted schoolhouse has bequeathed a number of original features to its new owners.’
    • ‘The beetles' iridescent wings were used in the Victorian era like sequins to decorate the dresses of society women.’
    • ‘A team from Pocklington School will take on ten men from the town in Victorian kit and rules in a re-enactment of the first game played in the town.’
    • ‘The old Victorian building had a narrow fringe of concrete playground, but not a single blade of grass.’
    • ‘Too many of our schools are in Victorian buildings or in 1960s prefabs that have been waiting to fall down for 20 years.’
    • ‘The new school replaces a Victorian building and several mobile classrooms.’
    • ‘Lord Arthur Savile is a young, privileged pillar of Victorian society whose wedding day is soon approaching.’
    • ‘The hotel is a Victorian mansion that is grand without being stuffy, and it has one of the best chefs in Scotland.’
    • ‘Picture this opening scene: after a night at the opera the great and the good of Victorian high society flood out on to the streets of London.’
    • ‘Peter Moody, partner of Hudson Moody, said Victorian properties in York had seen some of the biggest value increases.’
    1. 1.1Relating to the attitudes and values of society during Queen Victoria's reign, regarded as characterized especially by prudishness and a high moral tone.
      ‘a return to Victorian values’
      • ‘Is it some twisted Victorian value that academically gifted people should not be seen to rise above their place?’
      • ‘This may be a reflection of Victorian attitudes towards mental instability.’
      • ‘The true range and complexity of Victorian views and values are only now being recognized.’
      • ‘I have a wonderful image of Victorian times, with Victorian values.’
      • ‘After all, since we have inherited a Victorian system of Government so should we abide by a Victorian morality.’
      • ‘It gets curiouser and curiouser as it creates a straitjacketed Victorian world and then shows that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.’
      • ‘Understated literary allusions and layers of irony give Victorian attitudes a sly contemporary look.’
      • ‘Given the results, we could all end up embracing her brand of Victorian values.’
      • ‘Gone are the pompous, moralistic tomes full of Victorian values and happy endings.’
      • ‘I think they want to replace sex education with dark, Victorian values.’
      • ‘This is as dutiful and strong-willed a creed as any Victorian moralist could hope for.’
      • ‘The obscenity of surrendering state education to corporate benefactors reeks of Victorian attitudes to the poor.’
      • ‘Having attacked Victorian morality, Wilde succumbs to its lust for melodrama.’
      • ‘Yet the Readers are not quite the caricatures of Victorian morality one might expect.’
      • ‘But he is often a crushing bore, apart from being a Victorian puritan mistakenly born in India.’
      • ‘Just because a few designers have endorsed the frilly blouse, it doesn't mean we are returning to actual Victorian values.’
      • ‘This country seems to want Victorian values for some things in life, but 21st century values in most others.’
      • ‘One sometimes suspects that the thing lying at the heart of Victorian attitudes to life was the idea of illusion.’
      • ‘This was a vote for old-fashioned Victorian values, a belief in patriotism, the family, church and public service.’
      • ‘Rioting was a feature of life in early 19th century Britain, a fact to be born in mind when people talk about Victorian values.’

noun

  • A person who lived during the Victorian period.

    ‘the Victorians had a passion for documenting, cataloguing and classifying the world around them’
    • ‘Measure for Measure disgusted the Victorians, but appealed to 20th-century audiences.’
    • ‘The existing tiles span different periods of the Abbey's history and were re-laid by the Victorians.’
    • ‘A huge proportion of London is taken up with Victorian buildings, but we are not the Victorians.’
    • ‘Those Victorians who rejoiced in statistics could relish the expansion of the system.’
    • ‘Mamet's play is not some lurid attempt to expose the sex lives of Victorians or a crude swipe at Puritan hypocrisy.’
    • ‘Nor was eighteenth-century society as lax in its sexual morality as the Victorians often supposed.’
    • ‘The Victorians were still very much under the Romantic sway.’
    • ‘For the Victorians, as for many of their successors, morality was a matter of highest importance.’
    • ‘At best Victorians could float, dog-paddle, or thrash about a bit.’
    • ‘One might say that the Victorians are not so much the origin of our present as we are a continuation of theirs.’
    moralist, pietist, prude, prig, moral fanatic, moral zealot, killjoy, mrs grundy, grundy, old maid, schoolmarm, victorian, priggish person, ascetic
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Pronunciation:

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔːrɪən/

Main definitions of Victorian in English

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Victorian2

adjective

  • Relating to the Australian state of Victoria.

    ‘the Victorian Government has called for tenders to redevelop Melbourne's railway station’
    • ‘He suggests that Victorian cities give us "the emblems around which we could write our collective history".’
    • ‘The Victorian Chapter of the RAIA is currently lobbying.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed by the Victorian Police about the film glorifying the main character.’
    • ‘They were commissioned by the Victorian Arts Centre Trust to create a state-of-the-art facility.’
    • ‘The Victorian design industry directly employs about 67,000 people and generates $4.8 billion for the economy.’
    • ‘The stately Victorian governor general's residence is a significant building.’
    • ‘They are designing the new Performing Arts School at the Victorian College of the Arts.’
    • ‘Yield from the Victorian gold fields was stockpiled and traded by the government of the day.’
    • ‘There are long tracking aerials and pans along the washed-out Victorian western outback.’
    • ‘They were interned on arrival as enemy aliens, in their case near the rural Victorian town of Tatura.’

noun

  • A person from the Australian state of Victoria.

    ‘the facility has taught thousands of Victorians to use the internet’
    • ‘The audience is made up primarily of Victorians.’
    • ‘It's a right of all Victorians to be able to sack their legal representation.’
    • ‘This has enabled the Federation Celebrations to reach and engage all Victorians.’
    • ‘They had a premier who promised to govern for all Victorians.’
    • ‘You can take what Victorians refer to as "a screamer," in other words a mark from the shoulders of another player.’
    • ‘Victorians who wish to subscribe will simply give addresses in New South Wales.’
    • ‘He had been asked by the Victorians to look for suitable properties in South Australia for their investment.’
    • ‘The assumptions are made by the collection of Victorians and New Zealanders who have long dominated radio in the harbour city.’
    • ‘It was with hearts in their mouths that they faced the Victorians in the opening match.’
    • ‘The Victorians among the promoters were all members of parliament.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Victoria + -an.

Pronunciation:

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔːrɪən/