Definition of Tudor in English:



  • 1Relating to the English royal dynasty that held the throne from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.

    • ‘The trouble was that, with stability restored, and the Tudor dynasty apparently secure, England had started to become vulnerable to a mounting release of forces.’
    • ‘Down the river from Kew, Richmond was an important royal residence in Tudor times, but only the gateway of the palace where Elizabeth I died now remains.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, England's first female rulers, the sixteenth-century Tudor queens Mary I and Elizabeth I, assumed power as single women.’
    • ‘Henry knew full well that a male heir would secure the Tudor line, prevent rival claimants and preclude another devastating political conflict.’
    • ‘Greenwich is central to both Tudor and maritime history Elizabeth's father, Henry, VIII, was also born here in 1491.’
    • ‘The new English Tudor dynasty was determined to end this state of affairs and impose modern centralized government across Ireland.’
    • ‘Elizabeth I never married so the Tudor dynasty ended with her death in 1603.’
    • ‘The Tudor monarchs brought both countries directly under the English Crown during the sixteenth century, although the Crown's actual control was confined to particular areas only.’
    • ‘But at least until mid-century, Tudor ambitions remained focused on reviving traditional English claims to the crown of France.’
    • ‘Henry was determined; he needed a male heir to front the powerful Tudor monarchy, and Katharine of Aragon was unable to give him one.’
    • ‘A period of consensus and stability followed the accession to the throne of the Tudor king Henry VII in 1495.’
    • ‘The Tudor dynasty's right to the throne was vulnerable to contestation, and the theaters were thought able to influence public opinion.’
    • ‘The queen and council in England aimed gradually to strengthen Tudor rule by making English law and local government more widely available and treating Gaelic chiefs and Old English lords as good subjects.’
    • ‘The majority of the people of England accepted these changes - the Tudor royal family was still respected throughout the country.’
    • ‘What is sure is, if one of his three attempts to seize power from King Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, had succeeded, British history would have changed irrevocably.’
    • ‘Henry VIII and Elizabeth I tend to dominate Tudor history and their lives do overshadow the importance of Henry VII's reign.’
    • ‘That year Elizabeth I became queen of England; Mary's Tudor blood made her Elizabeth's heir.’
    • ‘In Tudor and early Stuart England litigation was virtually a way of life, and women, it seems, were often ardent participants in this phenomenon.’
    • ‘Its position on the Thames made it convenient for receptions and it became a major Tudor palace: Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth were born there.’
    • ‘He served as a principal secretary to four successive Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to the early reign of Queen Elizabeth.’
    1. 1.1Of, denoting, or relating to the prevalent architectural style of the Tudor period, characterized especially by half-timbering.
      • ‘The original stable had been designed in the Tudor style of the main house.’
      • ‘A feature of the building is the departure from current architectural trends in favour of the Tudor style.’
      • ‘It has four storeys and is designed in the Tudor revival style.’
      • ‘I call out hopefully as I shut the door to the sprawling Tudor style mansion my parents bought last year.’
      • ‘The architecture is Tudor style, complete with turreted parapets, fortified towers, arches and battlements.’


  • A member of the Tudor dynasty.

    • ‘In fact he was a Tudor, the love child of Queen Elizabeth I and her beloved favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.’
    • ‘Edward might have been young, but he was a Tudor to his bones, supernaturally intelligent, pigheaded, volatile when provoked, and most of all forceful, as forceful as a hurricane.’