Definition of Bathonian in English:



  • 1Denoting a subdivision of the Jurassic period, of which the formations near the English city of Bath are typical.

    ‘marine limestones of Bathonian to Kimmeridgian age’
    • ‘The snake lived during the Bathonian stage of the Middle Jurassic.’
    • ‘Bathonian uplift may be attributed to collision of the Moesian block with Eurasia.’
    • ‘Lower Bathonian sediments were either never deposited or were eroded away.’
    • ‘From Late Triassic to Bathonian time, evolution of the southern tract appears to have differed from that of its northern counterpart.’
    • ‘In the fort section area, the delegates said the area represents sediments of the Bathonian age.’
  • 2Relating to or characteristic of the English city of Bath or its inhabitants.

    ‘a notable Bathonian member of the community’
    • ‘The annual Christmas lights switch-on has been a favourite of Bathonian children and their families since the event was first held 23 years ago.’
    • ‘The annual lecture echoes the concerns of a notable Bathonian member of the Catholic community.’


  • 1the BathonianThe Bathonian period or the system of rocks deposited during it.

    ‘the end of the Bathonian was characterized by basaltic volcanism’
    • ‘This volcanism ceased abruptly in the Bathonian.’
    • ‘The Bathonian is represented by 150m of interbedded limestone and shale.’
    • ‘These fossils cover a period of around 30 million years, from the Sinemurian to the Bathonian.’
    • ‘The Bathonian was marked by a regression and significant peat accumulation in western Georgia’
    • ‘The late Aalenian until the end of the Bathonian was characterized by basaltic volcanism.’
  • 2An inhabitant of the English city of Bath.

    ‘his mother was a Bathonian’
    • ‘Bathonians can look forward to another mostly dry day.’
    • ‘The Bathonian has joined his fourth golf club since leaving the world of commerce.’
    • ‘If you're a true Bathonian, make sure you've registered for the card allowing you free access to the Roman Baths.’
    • ‘We're here to help keep Bathonians in the know about what's going on in their city.’
    • ‘Bathonians were well supplied with churches.’


Mid 18th century (in Bathonian (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Bathonia Latinized name of Bath in England + -an.