Definition of Elizabethan in English:

Elizabethan

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

    ‘a lady in Elizabethan dress’
    • ‘The actors in Julius Caesar wear a mixture of Elizabethan dress with ancient Roman embellishments added, as was more or less the way it was done in Shakespeare's day.’
    • ‘Indeed, Elizabethan remedies against private fraud continued to operate through the first third of the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Such sententiousness was much to Elizabethan taste.’
    • ‘Despite the rather amusing sight of ladies in Elizabethan dress asking us to turn off our mobiles, I heard at least three during the course of the evening.’
    • ‘Individual dressing rooms were not a feature of Elizabethan playhouses, so actors were to dress in whatever open space they could find.’
    • ‘It's not a disaster, but I can't imagine it having much appeal to anyone besides fans of Elizabethan drama.’
    • ‘Pupils from Old Palace school dressed up in Elizabethan costume to welcome visitors to the historic building.’
    • ‘Marlowe and Shakespeare dominated late Elizabethan drama, although they did not monopolize it.’
    • ‘Late Renaissance and Elizabethan writers also found Vergil a good source of inspiration.’
    • ‘In the ‘factional’ model of Elizabethan politics he has been seen as the rival of Burghley.’
    • ‘He imagined the characters of Julius Caesar wearing Elizabethan dress, and equipped ancient Rome with a medieval invention - the mechanical clock.’
    • ‘In other respects, however, the Union was far from being the unqualified blessing which Elizabethan apologists implied.’
    • ‘It is repeatedly referred to in Elizabethan drama, and influenced the policy of Thomas Cromwell, Cecil, and Leicester.’
    • ‘After that, I'd written Tudor England, which led me to consider Elizabethan politics in far greater depth than I'd done before.’
    • ‘Today, the Great Hall has regained its dignity and is home to Elizabethan banquets, weddings and other special events.’
    • ‘Kirby was again attired in the Elizabethan costume from dress rehearsal.’
    • ‘These days the field has broadened to include the niceties of life at Elizabethan court or Georgian cricketers in frills and breeches who invent the rules as they go along.’
    • ‘My stricture does not include Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama of course.’
    • ‘These books together give a comprehensive picture of Elizabethan sea power.’
    • ‘Schemes for North American plantations also developed during Elizabethan times.’

noun

  • A person, especially a writer, of the time of Queen Elizabeth I.

    • ‘Acting was taught as part of a standard grammar-school education and of course actors had to be literate, so despite the apparent low status of the profession actors were amongst the better-educated Elizabethans.’
    • ‘You can find an essay from 1925 by Virginia Woolf in which she concedes that the Americans, like the Elizabethans, have great powers at ‘coining new words.’’
    • ‘Judiciously following Barthes (as I thought) on the relationship of sign and myth, and Foucault on the nature of discourse, it was possible to see that, for the Elizabethans, begging was the sign of poverty inverted.’
    • ‘In fact, I find myself wondering if drinking games weren't invented at the Globe Theatre: I wouldn't put it past the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘Although he was to gain a posthumous reputation as the last of the great Elizabethans, in his interest in colonization as in so many other things Ralegh was the exception that proves the rule.’
    • ‘Equally, the man she prefers to Glenthorn, Cecil Devereux, represents the next large wave of English immigrants, the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘For example, out-of-doors, well-to-do Elizabethans wore two pairs of shoes, an inner slipper and the outer shoe, which required some practice to keep on while walking.’
    • ‘Without being stilted or pedantic about it, Sontag sums up the history of stagecraft back to the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘As evidence of an external Catholic threat accumulated over the course of the 1570s, Elizabethans became increasingly aware of the instability of England's status as a Protestant nation.’
    • ‘Some of Seneca's stories that originated from the Greeks like Agamemnon and Thyestes which dealt with bloody family histories and revenge captivated the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘The article referred to the ‘earlier Elizabethans… distinguished by their towering self-confidence.’
    • ‘The Elizabethans distinguished between three different kinds of puns: antamaclasis, paranomasia, and syllepsis.’
    • ‘The adventurous Elizabethans brought many foreign plants back to England, especially roses and other decorative flowers, and tomatoes, which were thought to be an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Throughout Lady Rebecca regaled members with interesting titbits and explanations of why the Elizabethans wore shifts, fur trimming, cuffs and ruffs etc.’
    • ‘The name Sir Walter Ralegh conjures up images of gallant Elizabethans and daredevil mariners in small boats defying hordes of Spaniards.’
    • ‘As youthful icons go, Marlowe is rather the more attractive of the two Elizabethans, somewhat resembling the archetype of James Dean or Jim Morrison by living dangerously and dying young.’
    • ‘The Elizabethans clothed this quest in poetry.’
    • ‘Sohmer's account of the ramifications of the calendrical discrepancy is fascinatingly detailed and he builds upon it with a second major insight: that the Bible was primarily an aural text for the Elizabethans.’
    • ‘The Elizabethans discovered a strain of double-flowered primroses that were prized by collectors, and these are once again available, in limited numbers wherever primroses are sold.’
    • ‘Hamlet's first diagnostic tool is a play: the neatness of the correspondence of play within play to the play itself is a typical example of the kind of ingenuity that delighted learned Elizabethans.’

Pronunciation

Elizabethan

/əˌlizəˈbēTH(ə)n//əˌlɪzəˈbiθ(ə)n/