[proo-stee-uh n]


of, relating to, or resembling Marcel Proust, his writings, or the middle-class and aristocratic worlds he described.

Origin of Proustian

First recorded in 1925–30; Proust + -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of proustian

  • So one of my earliest film-going memories became a happy Proustian memory of food, film, and trains.

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    Bob Balaban: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    February 5, 2014

  • She equated what she felt for God with a Proustian desire, which she agreed was “the highest point of existence.”

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    Flannery O’Connor’s Desire for God

    Jen Vafidis

    November 13, 2013

  • Tiny details from an image, features that would hardly have been noticed at the time, can spark memories in a Proustian rush.

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    How to Remember the Past

    Charles Fernyhough

    May 4, 2013

  • For the record, I have tasted and enjoyed Doritos Locos Tacos, possibly due to Proustian effects.

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    Can This Taco Save America?

    Daniel Gross

    March 12, 2013

  • The fact that is all arranged into these little pieces—it feels so Proustian to me.

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    The David Foster Wallace Generation

    Seth Colter Walls

    April 7, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for proustian



of or relating to Marcel Proust, his works, or his style


an admirer of Marcel Proust's works
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