Main definitions of Victorian in English

: Victorian1Victorian2

Victorian1

adjective

  • 1Relating to the reign of Queen Victoria.

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    • ‘Many of the schools are built on split sites or have outdated Victorian buildings.’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

noun

  • A person who lived during the Victorian period.

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

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔːrɪən/

Main definitions of Victorian in English

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Victorian2

adjective

  • Relating to the Australian state of Victoria.

    ‘the Victorian Government has called for tenders to redevelop Melbourne's railway station’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yield from the Victorian gold fields was stockpiled and traded by the government of the day.’
    • ‘Concerns were expressed by the Victorian Police about the film glorifying the main character.’
    • ‘The Victorian Chapter of the RAIA is currently lobbying.’
    • ‘They were commissioned by the Victorian Arts Centre Trust to create a state-of-the-art facility.’
    • ‘The Victorian design industry directly employs about 67,000 people and generates $4.8 billion for the economy.’
    • ‘The stately Victorian governor general's residence is a significant building.’
    • ‘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".’

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.’
    • ‘You can take what Victorians refer to as "a screamer," in other words a mark from the shoulders of another player.’
    • ‘The Victorians among the promoters were all members of parliament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This has enabled the Federation Celebrations to reach and engage all Victorians.’
    • ‘It was with hearts in their mouths that they faced the Victorians in the opening match.’
    • ‘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's a right of all Victorians to be able to sack their legal representation.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Victoria + -an.

Pronunciation

Victorian

/vɪkˈtɔːrɪən/