- of or relating to the reign of Elizabeth I, queen of England, or to her times: Elizabethan diplomacy; Elizabethan music.
- noting or pertaining to an English Renaissance style of architecture of the reign of Elizabeth I characterized by fantastic sculptured or molded ornament of German or Flemish origin, symmetrical layouts, and an emphasis on domestic architecture.Compare Jacobean(def 2).
- an English person who lived during the Elizabethan period, especially a poet or dramatist.
Origin of Elizabethan
Examples from the Web for elizabethan
The new sequel, Shadow of Night, actually takes Diana back in time to Elizabethan England.Deborah Harkness’s Book Bag: Five Otherworldly Reads
July 31, 2012
When the Queen of England began her reign in 1953, her countrymen declared a new Elizabethan Age.Best of Brit Lit
July 24, 2009
The principal features of an Elizabethan house are the gallery and noble staircase.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
These Manchester men had little of the Crusader or Elizabethan but his valour.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
Is this by chance a situation in Elizabethan or other drama?Cyropaedia
How it could have passed muster on the bare Elizabethan boards is a puzzle.William Shakespeare
Samuel Levy Bensusan
In the 1601 Mark Twain outdid himself in the Elizabethan field.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- of, characteristic of, or relating to England or its culture in the age of Elizabeth I or to the United Kingdom or its culture in the age of Elizabeth II
- of, relating to, or designating a style of architecture used in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, characterized by moulded and sculptured ornament based on German and Flemish models
- a person who lived in England during the reign of Elizabeth I
Word Origin and History for elizabethan
1807 (Elizabethean); Coleridge (1817) has Elizabethian, and Carlyle (1840) finally attains the modern form. "Belonging to the period of Queen Elizabeth I" (1558-1603). The noun is first attested 1881. See Elizabeth.
John Knox, one of the exiles for religion in Switzerland, publiſhed his "Firſt Blaſt of the Trumpet againſt the Government of Women," in this reign [of Elizabeth]. It was lucky for him that he was out of the queen's reach when he ſounded the trumpet. [The Rev. Mr. James Granger, "A Biographical History of England," 1769]