Definition of Victoriana in English:


plural noun

  • 1Articles, especially collectors' items, from the Victorian period.

    • ‘The fuddy-duddiness of Victoriana seemed to me so unfashionable in the 1990s: people wanted to have things like stainless-steel kitchens; they didn't want all this velvet over the tables and embroidery everywhere.’
    • ‘Instead of twee Victoriana, we found ourselves staring at a glass monolith that looked like it would be more at home in Florida than Fife.’
    • ‘Visitors were able to browse a selection of Victoriana stalls from jewellery sellers and basket-weavers to rope makers, and there was plenty of street entertainment to be enjoyed, including jugglers, stilt-walkers and jazz musicians.’
    • ‘Not far from the base of the Christ Church tower - which is no longer a place of worship but an art gallery - stands a magnificent piece of early Victoriana which was once Hartlepool's great Wesleyan chapel.’
    • ‘In the sitting room chintz, collections of sherry glasses and relentless Paisley-esque carpet all conspire to create an idiosyncratic replica of Victoriana.’
    • ‘Naturally it has the heritage decor that comes with the genre: dark wood, theatrical red, brazenly swirly carpets, brass coal scuttles and Quality Street faux Victoriana prints.’
    • ‘Ozzy Osbourne lookalike Darren Marks from Leeds, was filmed with Victoriana, art nouveau and art deco expert Eric Knowles with his giant barge teapot.’
    • ‘The room is tastefully decorated - though not to my taste - with layers of muted Victoriana.’
    • ‘Rather than play with other kids, the young Lloyd Jenkins would hang out with the neighbours - elderly communists with a boat shed full of Victoriana, rescued from a St Mary's Bay home demolished for the harbour bridge.’
    • ‘The garden contained much of the Victoriana he had salvaged from in and around Keighley.’
    • ‘This sombre painting, hung at the gallery's current Ben Nicholson display, may at first appear out of place - a piece of Victoriana surrounded by some of the most spare geometric abstraction ever produced in Britain.’
    • ‘Now, I'm not a fan of Victoriana - not one of those women who has lace doilies on my end table and sachets in my bathroom.’
    • ‘Now Sally doesn't hesitate to mix vintage Hawaiiana with Victoriana.’
    • ‘The Grill Room could be a set for Monarch of the Glen, or one of those retro Scottish Victoriana reproduction room displays you'd find in Big Box furniture warehouses.’
    1. 1.1 Matters or attitudes relating to or characteristic of this period.
      • ‘Yet another comedy television project had foundered and he had become obsessed with over-population and restoring Victoriana.’
      • ‘His Collected Poems sold over a million copies and as broadcaster he became a national institution, championing Victoriana and the disappearing ‘Metro-land’ of his youth.’
      • ‘She has preserved all the Biba signatures: the dusky palette, strong art deco and Victoriana influences, and long, sinuous silhouettes characterised by narrow arms and well-defined shoulders.’
      • ‘A taste for Victoriana characterizes his work of the early 1940s, while later pieces exhibit a move towards greater abstraction.’
      • ‘Strangely, it is not in attempting to merge this intellectual Victoriana into believable characters that the play begins to display weaknesses.’