Definition of Hanoverian in English:



  • Relating to the royal house of Hanover.

    • ‘The Georgian architecture is as sober and coldly rational as the Celtic art of the Book of Kells is spontaneous and humorous: an authentic expression of Hanoverian Protestantism at its most severe and least sympathetic.’
    • ‘After Queen Anne's death and the discontinuation of the Royal Touch by the Hanoverian monarchs in Britain, the practice continued in earnest in France.’
    • ‘The brown rat is reckoned to have reached this country in the 18th century, hence one of its alternative names (at least amongst Jacobites) of Hanoverian rat.’
    • ‘With the death of his elder brother the duke of York in 1827, he became heir presumptive to the Hanoverian throne, since his niece Princess Victoria could not inherit it.’
    • ‘It was a patriotic project, with the names of the streets and the squares chosen to celebrate the Union and the Hanoverian monarchy, as well as the culture of Scotland.’
    • ‘With these words Samuel Johnson summarized a view of the law which would have been readily understandable to many Hanoverian Englishmen and women.’
    • ‘There some 8,000 of them fought about 8,500 Hanoverian troops under the command of Lt Gen Henry Hawley, popularly known as the ‘Hangman’.’
    • ‘The book offers an excellent and fundamentally sympathetic introduction to Hanoverian Anglicanism.’
    • ‘George was, most now agreed, a Good Thing who was determined to be different to his culturally undistinguished and intellectually challenged Hanoverian predecessors.’
    • ‘Her branch of the Hanoverian royal house only took over when the last Stuart monarch, Anne, died childless in 1714 and they had to bypass 70-odd better claimants because they were Catholic.’
    • ‘As a former deserter from the Hanoverian army to Prince Charles Edward Stewart after the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745, Allan Breck would have been given short shrift at the end of a rope had he fallen into redcoat hands.’
    • ‘The chair has spent at least part of its life in Germany, and it is conceivable that it was removed there as a perquisite by a Hanoverian courtier or possible by George I himself.’
    • ‘The broadly uniform system of parliamentary representation belied the administrative complexities inherited by the Hanoverian monarchy from its predecessors.’
    • ‘Rev Dr Ian Bradley will speak on the spiritual roots of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon kingship, while Jeremy Black will discuss the Hanoverian monarchy in the context of the European ancien regime.’
    • ‘One explanation for this apparent contradiction is that Hanoverian company promoters either had bad lawyers, did not listen to their lawyers, or hoped they would not find themselves in court very often.’
    • ‘And while living on ‘bier’ is a good idea in theory, I'm not quite ready to join the legion of Hanoverian bums just yet.’
    • ‘In his bonnet the champion sports a cockade not of Jacobite white or Hanoverian black.’
    • ‘The act that secured the Hanoverian succession to the thrones of England and Ireland (Scotland obviously passing its own version) is still directing that our sovereign be Protestant and a member of the Church of England.’
    • ‘The king's son, the future George II, and his wife Princess Caroline clearly indicated their intention of siding with Townshend and thereby began a long tradition of political intrigue by Hanoverian heirs to the throne.’
    • ‘There were always undercurrents: rumours about the Earl's close male friendships, or hints that this leading Hanoverian Whig might hide Jacobite sympathies.’


  • 1Any of the British sovereigns from George I to Victoria.

    • ‘The issue of direct royal control over the army largely died away during the reign of Queen Anne and the Hanoverians.’
    • ‘The Harleys, who once enjoyed political favor and high office under the Stuarts but were marginalized by the Hanoverians during Sir Robert Walpole's regime, were the most archivally minded of English peers.’
    • ‘They backed the Union and the Hanoverians because they knew the Union would guarantee their church,’ he says.’
    • ‘Even the least impressive of the Hanoverians, the narrow-minded and mean-spirited King George II, had the common sense to accept restraints on his powers.’
    • ‘But the Hanoverians get their claim to the throne via the Stuarts, and they get their claim via the Tudors.’
    • ‘Stevenson has discovered that Rob Roy was a paid agent for the Hanoverians, although he declines to share his evidence for this claim ahead of publication.’
    • ‘Under the Hanoverians the heir to the throne supported opposition to his father's government almost as a matter of course.’
    • ‘His brother Cardinal Henry later effectively recognised the Hanoverians, although theoretically he maintained his own claim to the throne.’
    • ‘Half a century later the parliaments also combined and the end of that old song found the Hanoverians on the throne.’
    • ‘He put his family into boats and pushed them out into the Firth of Forth while the marauders came through his property and fought the Hanoverians, so no lives were lost.’
    • ‘A moving force here had been the MP for East Lothian, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, an eloquent, choleric philosopher whose own vote would have gone for a federal Britain under the Hanoverians.’
    • ‘The Stuarts brought us lives of shame; the Hanoverians wars;’
    • ‘Though it was little used under the later Stuarts and Hanoverians, it was restored by George IV, Victoria, and George V, and is now used frequently.’
    • ‘George IV broadened the appeal of the Hanoverians by his visit to Scotland in 1822, choreographed by Sir Walter Scott, the first such visit since the Stuarts.’
    • ‘Legend has it that it has not been inhabited since 1715, when the Macdonalds of Clanranald, fleeing the Hanoverians, torched the stronghold to stop it falling into their enemies' hands.’
    • ‘And through this marriage the Hanoverians came to inherit the throne of Great Britain.’
    • ‘Jacobite hopes centred on the facts that Britain was heavily engaged in the War of the AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION, and that the Hanoverians had never been popular.’
    • ‘The history of the Hanoverians and Windsors in relation to Scotland is mixed at best.’
    • ‘Many Scots colonists were defeated Jacobites and would hardly have welcomed another battle against the Hanoverians.’
    • ‘The colonial militias were transplants from England, modeled on the home defense forces successively raised and reformed under the Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Hanoverians.’
  • 2A medium-built horse of a German breed, developed for use both as a riding horse and in harness.

    • ‘The bay Hanoverian has been owned throughout his career by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corp., and Blinks has worked slowly and carefully to harness his brilliance.’
    • ‘The bay Hanoverian continued to rise to the occasion, putting in a smooth performance to his Spanish themed music called ‘Peruvian Prince.’’
    • ‘At best, the Hanoverian is an obedient powerhouse; at worst, it is a recalcitrant, bully.’
    • ‘The Germans preferred solid Hanoverians and Trakheners, and one German officer commented on the ‘cat-like Arab mounts’ ridden by French hussars.’
    • ‘Spend the nights in fly - camps, then gallop with Africa's wildlife, on thoroughbreds, Namibian Hanoverians and Kalahari Arabs from 14-16.2 hands high.’