[ ih-liz-uh-bee-thuhn, -beth-uhn ]
/ ɪˌlɪz əˈbi θən, -ˈbɛθ ən /


of or relating to the reign of Elizabeth I, queen of England, or to her times: Elizabethan diplomacy; Elizabethan music.
noting or pertaining to an English Renaissance style of architecture of the reign of Elizabeth I characterized by fantastic sculptured or molded ornament of German or Flemish origin, symmetrical layouts, and an emphasis on domestic architecture.Compare Jacobean (def. 2).


an English person who lived during the Elizabethan period, especially a poet or dramatist.

Origin of Elizabethan

First recorded in 1810–20; Elizabeth + -an


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British Dictionary definitions for Elizabethan

/ (ɪˌlɪzəˈbiːθən) /


of, characteristic of, or relating to England or its culture in the age of Elizabeth I or to the United Kingdom or its culture in the age of Elizabeth II
of, relating to, or designating a style of architecture used in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, characterized by moulded and sculptured ornament based on German and Flemish models


a person who lived in England during the reign of Elizabeth I
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