Definition of Stratfordian in English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the English town of Stratford or its inhabitants.

  • 2Relating to the view that William Shakespeare was the author of the plays typically attributed to him.

    ‘the classic Stratfordian position’
    • ‘The director followed the fiercer stuff of his 1989 classic Henry V with this kinder, gentler, but no less effective production of a Stratfordian comedy.’
    • ‘I can testify to the bias existing toward any heretical views challenging Stratfordian orthodoxy on most campuses.’
    • ‘One Stratfordian academic objects, "but there surely was no Synagogue in Venice."’
    • ‘Nowhere is this [low standard of scholarship] more obvious than in the Stratfordian insistence upon Verse 1.’
    • ‘The book offers an overview of the Shakespeare authorship debate, focussing on the Stratfordian vs. Oxfordian battle.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the English town of Stratford.

    ‘she was one of 21 Stratfordians who were reported to the ecclesiastical court’
    • ‘We are not sure if she is the oldest lady in Stratford at the moment, but we do think she may well be the oldest acutal Stratfordian.’
    • ‘The timer is now counting down to the Games themselves, displaying the remaining days, hours, minutes and seconds to any Stratfordian who cares to look upwards.’
    • ‘The New Work Festival is being launched next week, when Stratfordians will be given the chance to air their own pieces alongside the professionals.’
    • ‘Olympic star urges Stratfordians to get swimming.’
    • ‘He was a proud Stratfordian who spent most of his career working in the town.’
  • 2A supporter of the view that William Shakespeare was the author of the plays typically attributed to him.

    ‘the Stratfordians remained unmoved from their position’
    • ‘Of course I was a Stratfordian for 28 years of my life, though I cannot remember when I was first told in school that a man from Stratford wrote the plays.’
    • ‘There is a high level of contention between the two factions - the Stratfordians and the Oxfordians.’
    • ‘The author weaves humour and logic into an enjoyable feat of rhetorical sleight of hand that will have even the most devout Stratfordians reconsidering the authority of their idol.’
    • ‘If non-Stratfordians had academic power equal to the Stratfordians, the true author (not the conventional Shakespeare) would be embraced.’
    • ‘Stratfordians are similarly guilty of ignoring the facts or subjecting them to unwarranted interpretations.’