Definition of Pre-Raphaelism in US English:

Pre-Raphaelism

noun

  • The principles, methods, or style of painting adopted by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers; = "Pre-Raphaelitism".

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in ‘George Eliot’ (1819–1880), novelist (real name Mary Ann Evans). From Pre-Raphael + -ism. Compare French préraphaélisme. Compare slightly earlier Pre-Raphaelitism.

Pronunciation

Pre-Raphaelism

/(ˌ)priːˈraf(ɪ)əlɪz(ə)m/