- noting or pertaining to the architecture, furnishings, and decoration of English-speaking countries between c1840 and c1900, characterized by rapid changes of style as a consequence of aesthetic and philosophical controversy, technological innovations, and changes of fashion, by the frequent presence of ostentatious ornament, and by an overall trend from classicism at the start to romanticism and eclecticism at the middle of the period and thence to classicism again, with attempts at stylistic innovation occurring from time to time.
- noting or pertaining to the massive, elaborate work characteristic especially of the period c1855–80, derived mainly from the Baroque and Gothic styles and characterized by the presence of heavy carved ornament, elaborate moldings, etc., by the use of strong and generally dark colors, by the frequent use of dark varnished woodwork, by the emphasis on geometrical form rather than on textural effects, and frequently by an effect of harshness.
Examples from the Web for victorian
The Industrial Revolution and Victorian practically erased the holiday in England.
To him, Churchill “was radical precisely because he was conservative” and “essentially a buccaneering Victorian Whig.”
According to Wynd, “Freddie Mercury once said he wanted to lead a Victorian life surrounded by exquisite clutter.”Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum|Liza Foreman|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Your Victorian lesbians were sexy, vocal, recognizable, and radical too, I say.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in one area, they seem to have regressed: bathing attire is starting to look positively Victorian.
Unusual short novel about Victorian morality and abnormal psychology by the great English author.
She represents the rationalism of the old Victorian Age at its highest.The Victorian Age in Literature|G. K. Chesterton
The Victorian Alliance, however, has come to the determination to promote no more polls under the present law.Sober by Act of Parliament|Fred A. McKenzie
The Half-and-Half was one of those early Victorian halls of the people, with fixed stars and only a few meteors.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
He talked after a fashion of the characters in an early Victorian novel or a transpontine melodrama.I Walked in Arden|Jack Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for victorian
Word Origin and History for victorian
1839, "belonging to or typical of the reign of Queen Victoria of Great Britain" (ruled 1837-1901). Figurative sense of "typified by prudish or outdated attitudes" is attested by 1934. The noun meaning "a person from or typical of Victorian times" is from 1876.
Culture definitions for victorian
A descriptive term for the time when Victoria was queen of England, from 1837 to 1901. The Victorian period in England is known as a time of industrial progress, colonial expansion, and public fastidiousness in morals. The Victorian period in the United States had many of the same characteristics.