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[ches-ter-feel-dee-uh n] /ˌtʃɛs tərˈfil di ən/
of, relating to, or like the 4th Earl of Chesterfield or his writings; elegant; urbane; suave.
Origin of Chesterfieldian
First recorded in 1770-80; Chesterfield + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Chesterfieldian
Historical Examples
  • There, as he was saying good-by with a Chesterfieldian air, Tough plucked him by the sleeve.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • He passed out of the door with a Chesterfieldian bow and good night.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • His manners are perfect;—not Chesterfieldian, and yet never offensive.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope
  • Worldly beyond his reputation, and somewhat Chesterfieldian in his principles, he consents to be a Roman while at Rome.

    Australian Writers

    Desmond Byrne
  • Besides, sir, he was a boy who under a Chesterfieldian exterior hid strong destructive propensities.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • Sube rarely overlooked an opportunity to demonstrate to Mrs. Guilford his Chesterfieldian manners.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • The guests at the Felton banquet greatly exceed the Chesterfieldian limits.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • “You do us too much honor,” said Paul, making a low bow in his best Chesterfieldian manner.

  • He was Chesterfieldian in conventional politeness, and as smooth as Talleyrand in ambiguity of speech.

  • "Ef you'll git right in heah, you'll be dah befoh yer know it, ma'am," said he giving a Chesterfieldian bow.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for Chesterfieldian


of or like Lord Chesterfield; suave; elegant; polished
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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