Definition of pre-Arnoldian in US English:

pre-Arnoldian

adjective

  • 1Of or relating to the time before Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), educationalist and headmaster of Rugby School.

  • 2Of or relating to the time before Thomas Arnold's son Matthew Arnold (1822–88), poet and critic.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Charlotte Yonge (1823–1901), novelist.