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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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  • 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
  • All will wish the old Oxonian a speedy recovery from his strain.

  • "If it is disappointment, madam, that no attempt was made to kiss you—" began the Oxonian, with grave impertinence.

    The Rock of the Lion Molly Elliot Seawell
  • "The road that leads to freedom is always beautiful," agreed the young Oxonian.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Neither the Surgeon nor the Oxonian could "place" him precisely, they would confess.

  • Oh, then we are half way up Scafell, said the Oxonian—hang the mist!

    As the Crow Flies Walter Phelps Dodge
  • It is true the Oxonian has now and then practised the old gentleman's doctrines a little in the extreme.

    Bracebridge Hall Washington Irving
  • "Why, a round O," said the other Oxonian, coming to his friend's aid.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • Over a champion course, in a match, Lee would in his Henley form have been a score or more lengths behind the Oxonian.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
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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