[ches-ter-feel-dee-uh n]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chesterfieldian

Historical Examples of chesterfieldian

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

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

  • He passed out of the door with a Chesterfieldian bow and good night.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • His manners are perfect;—not Chesterfieldian, and yet never offensive.

    Phineas Finn

    Anthony Trollope

  • Worldly beyond his reputation, and somewhat Chesterfieldian in his principles, he consents to be a Roman while at Rome.

    Australian Writers

    Desmond Byrne

  • Besides, sir, he was a boy who under a Chesterfieldian exterior hid strong destructive propensities.

    The Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville

British Dictionary definitions for chesterfieldian



of or like Lord Chesterfield; suave; elegant; polished
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