- of or relating to Queen Victoria or the period of her reign: Victorian poets.
- having the characteristics usually attributed to the Victorians, especially prudishness and observance of the conventionalities.
- noting or pertaining to the architecture, furnishings, and decoration of English-speaking countries between c1840 and c1900, characterized by rapid changes of style as a consequence of aesthetic and philosophical controversy, technological innovations, and changes of fashion, by the frequent presence of ostentatious ornament, and by an overall trend from classicism at the start to romanticism and eclecticism at the middle of the period and thence to classicism again, with attempts at stylistic innovation occurring from time to time.
- noting or pertaining to the massive, elaborate work characteristic especially of the period c1855–80, derived mainly from the Baroque and Gothic styles and characterized by the presence of heavy carved ornament, elaborate moldings, etc., by the use of strong and generally dark colors, by the frequent use of dark varnished woodwork, by the emphasis on geometrical form rather than on textural effects, and frequently by an effect of harshness.
- a person who lived during the Victorian period.
- a house in or imitative of the Victorian style.
Origin of Victorian
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Examples from the Web for victorian
The Industrial Revolution and Victorian practically erased the holiday in England.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
To him, Churchill “was radical precisely because he was conservative” and “essentially a buccaneering Victorian Whig.”Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
According to Wynd, “Freddie Mercury once said he wanted to lead a Victorian life surrounded by exquisite clutter.”Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum
November 11, 2014
Your Victorian lesbians were sexy, vocal, recognizable, and radical too, I say.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance
September 30, 2014
But in one area, they seem to have regressed: bathing attire is starting to look positively Victorian.Is the Facekini the Future of Beachwear?
August 23, 2014
Shortly, among the Victorian horrors of his gloomy rooms, she came to see him off.The Paliser case
Here is one passage which might have been written in Victorian England.The Legacy of Greece
In addition there are bibliographies of almost all the greatest Victorian writers.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
At the beginning of the Victorian Era art was at its lowest ebb.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
As in the mild and innocent poem of Victorian days, "'twas in a crowd."Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Queen Victoria or the period of her reign
- exhibiting the characteristics popularly attributed to the Victorians, esp prudery, bigotry, or hypocrisyCompare Victorian values
- denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used in Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria, characterized by massive construction and elaborate ornamentation
- of or relating to Victoria (the state or any of the cities)
- a person who lived during the reign of Queen Victoria
- an inhabitant of Victoria (the state or any of the cities)
Word Origin and History for victorian
1839, "belonging to or typical of the reign of Queen Victoria of Great Britain" (ruled 1837-1901). Figurative sense of "typified by prudish or outdated attitudes" is attested by 1934. The noun meaning "a person from or typical of Victorian times" is from 1876.
A descriptive term for the time when Victoria was queen of England, from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian period in England is known as a time of industrial progress, colonial expansion, and public fastidiousness in morals. The Victorian period in the United States had many of the same characteristics.