Main definitions of Victorian in US English:

: Victorian1Victorian2

Victorian1

adjective

  • 1Relating to the reign of Queen Victoria.

    ‘a Victorian house’
    • ‘Peter Moody, partner of Hudson Moody, said Victorian properties in York had seen some of the biggest value increases.’
    • ‘Too many of our schools are in Victorian buildings or in 1960s prefabs that have been waiting to fall down for 20 years.’
    • ‘The Irish Georgian Society will advise on Georgian and Victorian properties.’
    • ‘The beetles' iridescent wings were used in the Victorian era like sequins to decorate the dresses of society women.’
    • ‘Many of the schools are built on split sites or have outdated Victorian buildings.’
    • ‘The old Victorian building had a narrow fringe of concrete playground, but not a single blade of grass.’
    • ‘The elegant Victorian brick-fronted schoolhouse has bequeathed a number of original features to its new owners.’
    • ‘The hotel is a Victorian mansion that is grand without being stuffy, and it has one of the best chefs in Scotland.’
    • ‘Picture this opening scene: after a night at the opera the great and the good of Victorian high society flood out on to the streets of London.’
    • ‘A team from Pocklington School will take on ten men from the town in Victorian kit and rules in a re-enactment of the first game played in the town.’
    • ‘During the Fling, Leat's pieces will be showcased here in the old converted Victorian schoolhouse he uses as a workshop.’
    • ‘It was a moral code which long outlasted the Victorian era, and vestiges of it still remain.’
    • ‘It is described as a romance, set across the social divide in the world of Victorian industrial society.’
    • ‘The new school replaces a Victorian building and several mobile classrooms.’
    • ‘At the top of the tall, narrow Victorian townhouse, on a small landing beneath a skylight, perches Gunn's writing desk.’
    • ‘These schools, which are often like Victorian borstals, still exist.’
    • ‘The Little Brown book provides a fascinating study of life in Victorian times, its attitudes, squalor and suffering.’
    • ‘He spoke to me about the origins of the Society in the late Victorian period when there was a great deal of interest in the occult.’
    • ‘So the new blocks are built around quadrangles in the style of a Victorian school.’
    • ‘Lord Arthur Savile is a young, privileged pillar of Victorian society whose wedding day is soon approaching.’
    • ‘It is a place of prostitution and opium, and a home to the many hapless children orphaned by the double standards of Victorian society.’
    • ‘It seems as if we are living in a society that has burned its bras while still wearing the Victorian corset.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the attitudes and values of the Victorian period, regarded as characterized especially by prudishness and a high moral tone.
      • ‘Just because a few designers have endorsed the frilly blouse, it doesn't mean we are returning to actual Victorian values.’
      • ‘This is as dutiful and strong-willed a creed as any Victorian moralist could hope for.’
      • ‘After all, since we have inherited a Victorian system of Government so should we abide by a Victorian morality.’
      • ‘Is it some twisted Victorian value that academically gifted people should not be seen to rise above their place?’
      • ‘One sometimes suspects that the thing lying at the heart of Victorian attitudes to life was the idea of illusion.’
      • ‘Gone are the pompous, moralistic tomes full of Victorian values and happy endings.’
      • ‘The true range and complexity of Victorian views and values are only now being recognized.’
      • ‘This was a vote for old-fashioned Victorian values, a belief in patriotism, the family, church and public service.’
      • ‘Given the results, we could all end up embracing her brand of Victorian values.’
      • ‘This may be a reflection of Victorian attitudes towards mental instability.’
      • ‘Rioting was a feature of life in early 19th century Britain, a fact to be born in mind when people talk about Victorian values.’
      • ‘I think they want to replace sex education with dark, Victorian values.’
      • ‘I have a wonderful image of Victorian times, with Victorian values.’
      • ‘It gets curiouser and curiouser as it creates a straitjacketed Victorian world and then shows that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.’
      • ‘Having attacked Victorian morality, Wilde succumbs to its lust for melodrama.’
      • ‘This country seems to want Victorian values for some things in life, but 21st century values in most others.’
      • ‘Understated literary allusions and layers of irony give Victorian attitudes a sly contemporary look.’
      • ‘But he is often a crushing bore, apart from being a Victorian puritan mistakenly born in India.’
      • ‘The obscenity of surrendering state education to corporate benefactors reeks of Victorian attitudes to the poor.’
      • ‘Yet the Readers are not quite the caricatures of Victorian morality one might expect.’

noun

  • A person who lived during the Victorian period.

    • ‘Nor was eighteenth-century society as lax in its sexual morality as the Victorians often supposed.’
    • ‘The Victorians were still very much under the Romantic sway.’
    • ‘Measure for Measure disgusted the Victorians, but appealed to 20th-century audiences.’
    • ‘A huge proportion of London is taken up with Victorian buildings, but we are not the Victorians.’
    • ‘One might say that the Victorians are not so much the origin of our present as we are a continuation of theirs.’
    • ‘At best Victorians could float, dog-paddle, or thrash about a bit.’
    • ‘The existing tiles span different periods of the Abbey's history and were re-laid by the Victorians.’
    • ‘For the Victorians, as for many of their successors, morality was a matter of highest importance.’
    • ‘Those Victorians who rejoiced in statistics could relish the expansion of the system.’
    • ‘Mamet's play is not some lurid attempt to expose the sex lives of Victorians or a crude swipe at Puritan hypocrisy.’
    moralist, pietist, prude, prig, moral fanatic, moral zealot, killjoy, mrs grundy, grundy, old maid, schoolmarm, priggish person, ascetic
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Pronunciation

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔriən//vikˈtôrēən/

Main definitions of Victorian in US English:

: Victorian1Victorian2

Victorian2

adjective

  • Relating to the Australian state of Victoria.

    ‘the Victorian Government has called for tenders to redevelop Melbourne's railroad station’
    • ‘The Victorian Chapter of the RAIA is currently lobbying.’
    • ‘The stately Victorian governor general's residence is a significant building.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed by the Victorian Police about the film glorifying the main character.’
    • ‘The Victorian design industry directly employs about 67,000 people and generates $4.8 billion for the economy.’
    • ‘There are long tracking aerials and pans along the washed-out Victorian western outback.’
    • ‘He suggests that Victorian cities give us "the emblems around which we could write our collective history".’
    • ‘Yield from the Victorian gold fields was stockpiled and traded by the government of the day.’
    • ‘They were interned on arrival as enemy aliens, in their case near the rural Victorian town of Tatura.’
    • ‘They are designing the new Performing Arts School at the Victorian College of the Arts.’
    • ‘They were commissioned by the Victorian Arts Centre Trust to create a state-of-the-art facility.’

noun

  • A person from the Australian state of Victoria.

    ‘the facility has taught thousands of Victorians to use the internet’
    • ‘They had a premier who promised to govern for all Victorians.’
    • ‘The Victorians among the promoters were all members of parliament.’
    • ‘This has enabled the Federation Celebrations to reach and engage all Victorians.’
    • ‘Victorians who wish to subscribe will simply give addresses in New South Wales.’
    • ‘He had been asked by the Victorians to look for suitable properties in South Australia for their investment.’
    • ‘It was with hearts in their mouths that they faced the Victorians in the opening match.’
    • ‘The audience is made up primarily of Victorians.’
    • ‘The assumptions are made by the collection of Victorians and New Zealanders who have long dominated radio in the harbour city.’
    • ‘It's a right of all Victorians to be able to sack their legal representation.’
    • ‘You can take what Victorians refer to as "a screamer," in other words a mark from the shoulders of another player.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Victoria + -an.

Pronunciation

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔriən//vikˈtôrēən/