Definition of Oxonian in US English:



  • Relating to Oxford, England, or Oxford University.

    • ‘In the nineteenth century, publishers cranked out endless streams of literary and semi-scientific ramblings by Oxonian and Cantabrigian dons with too much time on their hands.’
    • ‘Only there is a slight reek of hypocrisy in the old tales of Oxonian elitism.’
    • ‘Representing a broad swathe of rock and post-rock styles, their Oxonian origins showed in their playing, with almost every group offering a performance as spirited as it was rough and uneven.’
    • ‘Before its demise, my father liked to eat breakfast at the Plaza's Edwardian Room, a grand Oxonian ballroom space fronting Central Park South, and gaze out the giant arcade windows at the horse carriages clopping past.’
    • ‘An author of fiction and philosophical essays, she was fluent and prodigiously productive, but her life was not circumscribed by her desk and the Oxonian common room.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Oxford, England.

    • ‘Even after Hopkins became a priest stationed in Oxford, though he avoided most Oxonians, he did, out of longstanding regard, seek Pater out.’
    • ‘No such thing as Oxford beat the Sorbonne in football, thereby allowing the Oxonians to believe they are superior.’
    • ‘Although anyone not from this little section of the world may claim its inhabitants to be quite insane, each Oxonian knew that their method of living was by far superior to any in the world.’
    • ‘There you'll find a vast expanse of green, flowing rivers populated by geese and swans, and long paths that lead to the Trout, itself a haven too oft missed by many an insular Oxonian.’
    • ‘Since Thursday already starts badly for at least 1,200 Oxonians, who have woken up to a pounding post-Park End hangover, it's not really got the potential for the best night out.’
    1. 1.1 Someone who attends or has a degree from Oxford University.
      • ‘The aristocratic Oxonian who had donned the India colours too in 1946.’
      • ‘Riding this latest craze is Britain's latest Telly-don, the one-time economic historian, one-time Oxonian, now transplanted into post 9/11 America.’
      • ‘After matriculating he spent the rest of the day like a true Oxonian, getting drunk in The Turf.’
      • ‘No less than six post-war Prime Ministers were also Oxonians.’
      • ‘He and his fellow Oxonians, he admitted, ‘do always like to write about something they know about’.’


Mid 16th century: from Oxonia (Latinized name of Oxford, from its old form Oxenford) + -an.