Definition of Stuart in US English:


(also Stewart)


  • Relating to the royal family ruling Scotland 1371–1714 and Britain 1603–49 and 1660–1714.

    • ‘From 1424, however, he could demonstrate the Stewart characteristics of energy, intellect, and impulsiveness.’
    • ‘However, once again he was pre-empted when the earl of Arran (heir to the Stewart succession) was proclaimed governor of Scotland on 3 January 1543.’
    • ‘At such times he acted with all the calculation of a Stuart king in carefully arranging the time and location of a parliament to best suit his personal agenda.’


  • A member of the Stuart family.

    • ‘Since the Stuarts never faced a realistic threat of invasion, they never had a good excuse to insist on unpalatable fiscal innovations.’
    • ‘I'm looking forward to the Tudors and Stewarts.’
    • ‘Coke and his companions opposing the early Stuarts construed the Charter anachronistically and uncritically.’
    • ‘By 1695, the English parliament had seized to itself an authority to influence financial policy to an extent unimaginable under the Stuarts.’
    • ‘Woodcuts of the Stuarts, male or female, tend not to appear on ballads that relate ‘real’ stories of action in ordinary homes or lives.’
    • ‘But the Hanoverians get their claim to the throne via the Stuarts, and they get their claim via the Tudors.’
    • ‘It suggests that Parliament itself had fallen for the antiquarian myth so carefully preserved and nurtured by the Stuarts.’
    • ‘They realised that a Britain with a Stuart on the throne need not be any friendlier towards them than the country already was.’
    • ‘Though it was little used under the later Stuarts and Hanoverians, it was restored by George IV, Victoria, and George V, and is now used frequently.’
    • ‘This was crucial when there was a rival dynasty in the shape of the Stuarts, with ‘James III’ a claimant throughout both reigns.’
    • ‘Even under the Stuarts, when scholars were becoming wary of it, it was still celebrated by poets and playwrights.’
    • ‘Bank of Scotland had a reputation for being a Jacobite bank, warm to the prospects of Stuarts back on the throne.’
    • ‘King James I of England, among others, was a Stuart: of Scottish ancestry, and steward of the throne of Scotland.’
    • ‘The remaining lands were sold by Elizabeth I and the early Stuarts.’
    • ‘The English crown was unwilling to enforce the privileges of towns and guilds after the political crisis over ‘monopolies’ that peaked under the Stuarts.’
    • ‘Her status meant that her journey through the realm newly acquired by the Stuarts occasioned considerable pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, perhaps, although the Stuarts came to power in a peaceful manner, James's son Charles I was himself involved in a civil war.’
    • ‘The newcomers included both the Bruces and the Stewarts, who would play major roles in Scots history.’
    • ‘The moment had passed, however, and the exiled Stuarts now became no more than useful pawns in foreign hands.’
    • ‘The Restoration brought back the Stuarts but not intensive royal patronage.’