[ok-soh-nee-uh n]
  1. a member or graduate of Oxford University.
  2. a native or inhabitant of Oxford.

Origin of Oxonian

1530–40; < Medieval Latin Oxoni(a) Oxford + -an
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Contemporary Examples of oxonian

  • Perhaps only thing we do not share is that he is a Cantabrian, whereas I am an Oxonian, but nobody is perfect.

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    May 12, 2009

Historical Examples of oxonian

British Dictionary definitions for oxonian


  1. of or relating to Oxford or Oxford University
  1. a member of Oxford University
  2. an inhabitant or native of Oxford
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Word Origin and History for oxonian



"pertaining to Oxford or to Oxford University," 1640s, from Medieval Latin oxonia, Latinized form of Middle English Oxforde (see Oxford). Earlier as a noun (1540s).

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