- a mythical, romantic kingdom conceived as the setting for a fairy tale, costume drama, comic operetta, or the like.
- Facetious. any small, little-known country or region considered remote, backward, or exotic.
Origin of Ruritania
Examples from the Web for ruritanian
To return to our Ruritanian loan, which we left being underwritten.International Finance
"You have heard me speak of the Ruritanian Relief Fund," she said in a splendid off-hand tone.
- of or relating to Ruritania
- involving adventure, romance, and intrigue
- a native or inhabitant of Ruritania
- an imaginary kingdom of central Europe: setting of several novels by English novelist Anthony Hope (1863–1933), esp The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
- any setting of adventure, romance, and intrigue
Word Origin and History for ruritanian
"utopian," 1896, from Ruritania, name of an imaginary kingdom in "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1894) by Anthony Hope (1863-1933), who coined it from Latin rus (genitive ruris) "country" (see rural) + Latinate ending -itania (cf. Mauritania).