[ jak-uh-bee-uhn ]
/ ˌdʒæk əˈbi ən /


of or relating to James I of England or to his period.
noting or pertaining to the style of architecture and furnishings prevailing in England in the first half of the 17th century, continuing the Elizabethan style with a gradual introduction of Italian models in architecture and increased elaboration of forms and motifs in furnishings.
of or relating to the style of literature and drama produced during the early 17th century.


a writer, statesman, or other personage of the Jacobean period.

Origin of Jacobean

1750–60; <New Latin Jacobae(us) of Jacobus (Latinized form of James) + -an


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British Dictionary definitions for Jacobean

/ (ˌdʒækəˈbɪən) /


history characteristic of or relating to James I of England or to the period of his rule (1603–25)
of or relating to the style of furniture current at this time, characterized by the use of dark brown carved oak
denoting, relating to, or having the style of architecture used in England during this period, characterized by a combination of late Gothic and Palladian motifs


any writer or other person who lived in the reign of James I

Word Origin for Jacobean

C18: from New Latin jacōbaeus, from Jacōbus James
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