[ roo r-i-tey-nee-uh, roo r-i-tey- ]
/ ˌrʊər ɪˈteɪ ni ə, ˈrʊər ɪˌteɪ- /


a mythical, romantic kingdom conceived as the setting for a fairy tale, costume drama, comic operetta, or the like.
Facetious. any small, little-known country or region considered remote, backward, or exotic.

Origin of Ruritania

after the fictional Central European kingdom in the novel The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) by A. Hope

Related forms

Ru·ri·ta·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ruritanian (1 of 2)


/ (ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪən, -njən) /


of or relating to Ruritania
involving adventure, romance, and intrigue


a native or inhabitant of Ruritania

British Dictionary definitions for ruritanian (2 of 2)


/ (ˌrʊərɪˈteɪnɪə, -njə) /


an imaginary kingdom of central Europe: setting of several novels by English novelist Anthony Hope (1863–1933), esp The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
any setting of adventure, romance, and intrigue
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