[chaw-seer-ee-uh n]


of, relating to, or characteristic of Chaucer's writings: Chaucerian wit.


a scholar devoted to the study of Chaucer and his writings.

Origin of Chaucerian

First recorded in 1650–60; Chaucer + -ian
Related formsnon-Chau·ce·ri·an, adjective, nounpost-Chau·ce·ri·an, adjectivepre-Chau·ce·ri·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chaucerian

Historical Examples of chaucerian

  • According to Mr. Brown, he is giving simply an expansion of the Chaucerian phrases.

    The Bruce

    John Barbour

  • Chaucerian and other Pieces, being a Supplementary Volume to the above.

  • Our highlander often speaks in Elizabethan or Chaucerian or even pre-Chaucerian terms.

  • Here is no affectation of Chaucerian words; the gold is not spotted with rust.

  • The clever application of the Chaucerian verse to his own case was crushing.


    William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for chaucerian



of, relating to, or characteristic of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer


an imitator of Chaucer, esp one of a group of 15th-century Scottish writers who took him as a model
  1. an admirer of Chaucer's works
  2. a specialist in the study or teaching of Chaucer
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