Definition of Washingtonian in US English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the US state of Washington or its inhabitants.

    ‘the Washingtonian forests’
    • ‘A young couple sat at one booth looking at each other as well as the Washingtonian forests.’
    • ‘She lives in the not-so-green Washingtonian city of Prosser.’
    • ‘This creates a legal limbo for out-of-staters and some Washingtonian renters who live in non-smoking apartments.’
  • 2Relating to or characteristic of the US capital city of Washington or its inhabitants.

    ‘Washingtonian memoirs’
    • ‘That makes him, in the present situation, a Washingtonian darling, one who shares a cheeky tete-a-tete with the President.’
    • ‘The president has a tough but clubbable partner in him: a drinker, smoker, and fellow golfer at ease with Washingtonian customs.’
    • ‘This is an odd but very Washingtonian combination of cynicism and credulity.’
    • ‘I am going to confront the heart of Washingtonian politics.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the US state of Washington.

    ‘Washingtonians enjoy all four seasons in a moderate climate’
    • ‘This week was very chilly for Washingtonians as they had to brave temperatures in the teens.’
    • ‘He is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who grew up in the Seattle area, and said he owed part of his appreciation of the natural world to his father, Frank.’
    • ‘I got to experience the Oklahoma sky, which is awesome for this Washingtonian hemmed in on all side by mountains.’
    • ‘Your average Washingtonian can't afford to hire a high-priced lawyer.’
    • ‘"People from the West Coast don't get that many opportunities," said the first Washingtonian to win a Cup race since 1990.’
    • ‘I'm a Washingtonian through and through can't wait to get back home!’
  • 2A native or inhabitant of the US capital city of Washington.

    ‘a well-connected Washingtonian’
    • ‘She worked in a fashion boutique serving prominent Washingtonians, including the wives of senators and congressmen.’
    • ‘My particular historical vantage point is a product of my upbringing as that odd duck, a native Washingtonian whose parents were not in government.’
    • ‘Gregarious and well-connected, he is a lifelong Washingtonian who knows both the city and its political culture.’
    • ‘The heat is still expected to rise into the 100s, a situation millions of Washingtonians—bureaucrats and lobbyists among them— now have to face without the relief of chilled sanctuaries.’
    • ‘There's plenty of room for the rumor mill to keep turning and every fashionable Washingtonian is in the mix right now asking what the first lady will wear.’