[ ib-suhn; Norwegian ip-suhn ]

  1. Hen·rik [hen-rik], /ˈhɛn rɪk/, 1828–1906, Norwegian dramatist and poet.

Other words from Ibsen

  • post-Ibsen, adjective

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How to use Ibsen in a sentence

  • The friend I phoned is Ryan Ibsen, who is the Wine Director at Pasanella & Son, Vitners, on South Street in New York City.

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  • Ibsen will live, not as a dramaturgist, but as the greatest professor of dramaturgy the world has ever known.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • But Miss Lewis likes it; she's been reading Ibsen, and she wants to do a 'drama of ideas', and all that sort of thing, you know.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • Their defeat had so discouraging an effect that Prussia abandoned the Ibsen struggle in their behalf.

  • The first of these four pamphlets was entitled “Ghosts,” a title borrowed from Ibsen.

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein | Robert Mitchell Henry
  • That settled it with her—she said she wouldn't try to be Benevolent any more—so she joined an Ibsen Club.

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British Dictionary definitions for Ibsen


/ (ˈɪbsən) /

  1. Henrik (ˈhɛnrɪk). 1828–1906, Norwegian dramatist and poet. After his early verse plays Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867), he began the series of social dramas in prose, including A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), and The Wild Duck (1886), which have had a profound influence on modern drama. His later plays, such as Hedda Gabler (1890) and The Master Builder (1892), are more symbolic

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