[too-der, tyoo-]
  1. Antony,1909–87, English choreographer and dancer.
  2. David (Eugene),1926–1996, U.S. pianist and composer.
  3. Mary. Mary I.
  4. a member of the royal family that ruled in England from 1485 to 1603.
  1. pertaining or belonging to the English royal house of Tudor.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of the periods of the reigns of the Tudor sovereigns: Tudor architecture.
Related formspre-Tu·dor, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of tudor

Historical Examples of tudor

  • The Tudor dynasty had ended before the Romanoff dynasty began.

  • "Well," said Mrs. Tudor, resignedly, leaning back in her chair.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • "I am afraid there is a mixture of truth in what he says," said Mrs. Tudor, at last.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • You are almost the last person I should have looked to for a sentiment about Tudor foundations.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • It took a Tudor will to do the deed, and it took an obsequious Tudor age to accept it.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for tudor


  1. an English royal house descended from a Welsh squire, Owen Tudor (died 1461), and ruling from 1485 to 1603. Monarchs of the Tudor line were Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I
  1. denoting a style of architecture of the late perpendicular period and characterized by half-timbered houses
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Word Origin and History for tudor


1779, from Welsh surname Tewdwr, used of the line of English sovereigns from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, descended from Owen Tudor, who married Catherine, widowed queen of Henry V. Applied from 1815 to a style of architecture prevalent during these reigns. The name is the Welsh form of Theodore.

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