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Shakespearean

or Shake·spear·i·an

[ sheyk-speer-ee-uhn ]
/ ʃeɪkˈspɪər i ən /
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adjective

of, relating to, or suggestive of Shakespeare or his works.

noun

a Shakespearean scholar; a specialist in the study of the works of Shakespeare.

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Origin of Shakespearean

First recorded in 1810–20; Shakespeare + -an

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Shakespearean

Shakespearian

/ (ʃeɪkˈspɪərɪən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Shakespeare or his works

noun

a student of or specialist in Shakespeare's works
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