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[ok-soh-nee-uh n] /ɒkˈsoʊ ni ən/
of or relating to Oxford, England, or to Oxford University (in England).
a member or graduate of Oxford University.
a native or inhabitant of Oxford.
Origin of Oxonian
1530-40; < Medieval Latin Oxoni(a) Oxford + -an Unabridged
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  • All will wish the old Oxonian a speedy recovery from his strain.

  • "The road that leads to freedom is always beautiful," agreed the young Oxonian.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Oh, then we are half way up Scafell, said the Oxonian—hang the mist!

    As the Crow Flies Walter Phelps Dodge
  • Neither the Surgeon nor the Oxonian could "place" him precisely, they would confess.

  • The reader is aware our Oxonian could make a close and luminous statement.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • "Why, a round O," said the other Oxonian, coming to his friend's aid.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Lancaster placed his field, bowled a lightning ball, and splintered an old Oxonian's middle stump.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Then, with the full exercise of his strength, the young Oxonian picked his enemy up and dropped him into the skip.

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • The Oxonian, half sighing, unfolded his clasped hands, one of which he reposed upon the shoulder of Lionel.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
British Dictionary definitions for Oxonian


of or relating to Oxford or Oxford University
a member of Oxford University
an inhabitant or native of Oxford
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Oxonian

"pertaining to Oxford or to Oxford University," 1640s, from Medieval Latin oxonia, Latinized form of Middle English Oxforde (see Oxford). Earlier as a noun (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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