Definition of Tudor in US English:



  • 1Relating to the English royal dynasty which held the throne from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.

    • ‘Elizabeth I never married so the Tudor dynasty ended with her death in 1603.’
    • ‘That year Elizabeth I became queen of England; Mary's Tudor blood made her Elizabeth's heir.’
    • ‘Henry was determined; he needed a male heir to front the powerful Tudor monarchy, and Katharine of Aragon was unable to give him one.’
    • ‘The new English Tudor dynasty was determined to end this state of affairs and impose modern centralized government across Ireland.’
    • ‘The Tudor dynasty's right to the throne was vulnerable to contestation, and the theaters were thought able to influence public opinion.’
    • ‘Henry VIII and Elizabeth I tend to dominate Tudor history and their lives do overshadow the importance of Henry VII's reign.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, England's first female rulers, the sixteenth-century Tudor queens Mary I and Elizabeth I, assumed power as single women.’
    • ‘He served as a principal secretary to four successive Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to the early reign of Queen Elizabeth.’
    • ‘The Tudor monarchs brought both countries directly under the English Crown during the sixteenth century, although the Crown's actual control was confined to particular areas only.’
    • ‘But at least until mid-century, Tudor ambitions remained focused on reviving traditional English claims to the crown of France.’
    • ‘The trouble was that, with stability restored, and the Tudor dynasty apparently secure, England had started to become vulnerable to a mounting release of forces.’
    • ‘Greenwich is central to both Tudor and maritime history Elizabeth's father, Henry, VIII, was also born here in 1491.’
    • ‘Henry knew full well that a male heir would secure the Tudor line, prevent rival claimants and preclude another devastating political conflict.’
    • ‘In Tudor and early Stuart England litigation was virtually a way of life, and women, it seems, were often ardent participants in this phenomenon.’
    • ‘A period of consensus and stability followed the accession to the throne of the Tudor king Henry VII in 1495.’
    • ‘The majority of the people of England accepted these changes - the Tudor royal family was still respected throughout the country.’
    • ‘Its position on the Thames made it convenient for receptions and it became a major Tudor palace: Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth were born there.’
    • ‘The queen and council in England aimed gradually to strengthen Tudor rule by making English law and local government more widely available and treating Gaelic chiefs and Old English lords as good subjects.’
    • ‘Down the river from Kew, Richmond was an important royal residence in Tudor times, but only the gateway of the palace where Elizabeth I died now remains.’
    • ‘What is sure is, if one of his three attempts to seize power from King Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, had succeeded, British history would have changed irrevocably.’
    1. 1.1 Of, denoting, or relating to the prevalent architectural style of the Tudor period, characterized especially by half-timbering.
      • ‘A feature of the building is the departure from current architectural trends in favour of the Tudor style.’
      • ‘I call out hopefully as I shut the door to the sprawling Tudor style mansion my parents bought last year.’
      • ‘It has four storeys and is designed in the Tudor revival style.’
      • ‘The original stable had been designed in the Tudor style of the main house.’
      • ‘The architecture is Tudor style, complete with turreted parapets, fortified towers, arches and battlements.’


  • A member of the Tudor dynasty.

    • ‘In fact he was a Tudor, the love child of Queen Elizabeth I and her beloved favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.’
    • ‘Edward might have been young, but he was a Tudor to his bones, supernaturally intelligent, pigheaded, volatile when provoked, and most of all forceful, as forceful as a hurricane.’
    • ‘The Tudors brought to a close years of internecine strife when King Henry VII ended the Wars of the Roses between the rival houses of York and Lancaster.’
    • ‘The position of women had remained unchanged for centuries and the time of the Tudors saw little, if any, improvement despite the fact that 1485 to 1603 saw 2 queens.’
    • ‘And the sixteenth century would have been no less different if the Tudors, who through Henry VII's marriage to Elizabeth of York united and reconciled the Lancastrians and Yorkists, had not proved so infertile.’
    • ‘As a result, my grade was lower than it should have been, and when I applied to take A-Level History on the Tudors and Stuarts, a subject I knew I was well qualified to study, I was - to my horror - turned down.’
    • ‘Tudor London was effectively a wooden city and the fact that the city escaped a major fire disaster under the Tudors was mainly due to good luck rather than anything else - luck that deserted London in 1666.’
    • ‘As a child I used to have little picture books on Tudors or Stuarts and suchlike, and I was fascinated by the pictures and wanted to find out more.’
    • ‘Traditionally the Tudors demand absolute obedience from their subjects, and rebellion is presented as the ultimate crime.’
    • ‘In 1594, Shakespeare wrote Richard III, a play falsely depicting the Tudors ' defeated adversary as a child-murdering hunchback.’
    • ‘The poor did not share the wealth and luxurious lifestyle associated with famous Tudors such as Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and non-monarchs such as Sir Francis Drake.’
    • ‘Many of us studied the Tudors as part of the history curriculum but heard little, if anything, of Lady Jane Grey.’
    • ‘Shakespeare wrote the play around 1591, less than a decade after the Tudors had come to power, when the wounds of the long-standing ‘War of the Roses’ were still fresh.’
    • ‘The late medieval small ship had a durable progeny in the navy of the Tudors, the dynasty which truly founded the navy with its yards at Portsmouth, Chatham, Deptford, and Woolwich, and which fostered native gun-founding.’
    • ‘After her death, the crown passed from the Tudors to the Stuarts in the person of James VI of Scotland, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots.’
    • ‘The functional value of hemp soared under the Tudors, as the navy's demand for rope increased.’
    • ‘Moreover, given the direct descent of the Tudors from Katherine, it is significant that there was to be no revival of Katherine's fortune during the life of that royal house that could influence the modern perspective.’
    • ‘The first of the Tudors enhanced the prestige of the monarchy, its financial resources and its regional authority.’
    • ‘But by 1485 the White Rose domination was all over when Richard III's crown was toppled, along with his head, at Bosworth Field, as the Tudors came to power.’
    • ‘The Tudors established a strong monarchy in the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘England had enjoyed decades of stability under the Tudors and the name had become synonymous with England's growing European standing.’
    • ‘To give credence to the genealogical linkage between the Tudors and Arthur, the unbelievable elements of the Arthurian legend had to be dropped.’