[ aw-guhs-tuhn, uh-guhs- ]
/ ɔˈgʌs tən, əˈgʌs- /
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of or relating to Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, or to the age (Augustan Age ) in which he flourished, which marked the golden age of Latin literature.
of or relating to the neoclassic period, especially of 18th-century English literature.


an author in an Augustan age.



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Origin of Augustan

From the Latin word Augustānus, dating back to 1695–1705. See Augustus, -an
post-Au·gus·tan, adjectivepre-Au·gus·tan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Augustan

/ (ɔːˈɡʌstən) /


characteristic of, denoting, or relating to the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar (63 bc –14 ad), his period, or the poets, notably Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, writing during his reign
of, relating to, or characteristic of any literary period noted for refinement and classicism, esp the late 17th century in France (the period of the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molière) or the 18th century in England (the period of Swift, Pope, and Johnson, much influenced by Dryden)


an author in an Augustan Age
a student of or specialist in Augustan literature
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