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[pree-i-liz-uh-bee-thuh n, -beth-uh n]
  1. (of English culture, history, traditions, etc.) before the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; before the second half of the 16th century.
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Examples from the Web for pre-elizabethan

Historical Examples

  • A pre-Elizabethan dietetic millennium is a retrospective mirage.

    Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England

    Richard Valpy French

  • Authoritative for the pre-Elizabethan drama, with valuable bibliography and appendices.

    The Facts About Shakespeare

    William Allan Nielson

  • Judging from the pre-Elizabethan literature, who would have expected the brilliancy of the Elizabethan period?