or James·e·an

[jeym-zee-uh n]


of, relating to, or characteristic of the novelist Henry James or his writings.
of, relating to, or characteristic of William James or his philosophy.


a student or follower of Henry James or William James.

Origin of Jamesian

First recorded in 1870–75; James + -ian
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relating to or characteristic of Henry James or his brother, William James
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Word Origin and History for jamesian



"of or in the mode of James," 1875 in reference to William James (1842-1910) U.S. philosopher and exponent of pragmatism; 1905 in reference to his brother Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. expatriate novelist.

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