[ ches-ter-feel-dee-uhn ]

  1. of, relating to, or like the 4th Earl of Chesterfield or his writings; elegant; urbane; suave.

Origin of Chesterfieldian

First recorded in 1770–80; Chesterfield + -ian

Words Nearby Chesterfieldian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Chesterfieldian in a sentence

  • There, as he was saying good-by with a Chesterfieldian air, Tough plucked him by the sleeve.

    The Varmint | Owen Johnson
  • He made a bow which was Chesterfieldian and incidentally made answer, rattling it off with the swiftness of a boulevardier.

    Nothing But the Truth | Frederic S. Isham
  • The real wonder of it is that so many conductors come as near as they do to the Chesterfieldian standards.

    The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford
  • "Then you should know that your Chesterfieldian manners embarrass me," Elsa said impatiently as Millar bowed again before her.

    The Devil | Joseph O'Brien
  • It was amusing, clean, and bristling with good-fellowship, though not wholly Chesterfieldian in character.

    From Pillar to Post | John Kendrick Bangs

British Dictionary definitions for Chesterfieldian


/ (ˌtʃɛstəˈfiːldɪən) /

  1. of or like Lord Chesterfield; suave; elegant; polished

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