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[gil-bur-tee-uh n] /gɪlˈbɜr ti ən/
of, relating to, or characteristic of the style or humor of Sir William S. Gilbert.
Origin of Gilbertian
First recorded in 1875-80; Gilbert + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The whole position was Gilbertian beyond the wildest dreams of that genius.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • There was something so "Gilbertian" in the idea of a prisoner acting as his own jailer!

  • The situation may savour a little of the Gilbertian, but it is sufficiently serious for the families involved.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • When he made "Society" rhyme with "Propriety," he thought he was getting to be Gilbertian.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • There is a Gilbertian humour in the go-as-you-please style in which prisoners are treated.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The question of toasts, too, and the light in which the university held them, was Gilbertian.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • This last is on the old lines of "palmy-day" burlesque, and has not much in it that is characteristically Gilbertian.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • In the dialogue, however, one comes across an occasional passage which strikes one as quite Gilbertian in its cynicism.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • These complications were getting exceedingly Gilbertian in character.

  • His plays are full of modern odds and ends, and in form are anything from the Robertsonian comedy to the Gilbertian extravaganza.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Gilbertian


characteristic of or resembling the style or whimsical humour of W. S. Gilbert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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