Augustan

[aw-guhs-tuh n, uh-guhs-]
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adjective

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.

noun

an author in an Augustan age.

Origin of Augustan

From the Latin word Augustānus, dating back to 1695–1705. See Augustus, -an

Related formspost-Au·gus·tan, adjectivepre-Au·gus·tan, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for augustan

Augustan

adjective

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)

noun

an author in an Augustan Age
a student of or specialist in Augustan literature
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Word Origin and History for augustan

Augustan

adj.

1640s, from Latin Augustanus, "pertaining to Augustus (Caesar)," whose reign was connected with "the palmy period of Latin literature" [OED]; hence, "period of purity and refinement in any national literature" (1712).

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