[wosh-ing-toh-nee-uh n, waw-shing-]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Washington, D.C., or the state of Washington.

Origin of Washingtonian

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; Washington + -ian
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Examples from the Web for washingtonian

Contemporary Examples of washingtonian

Historical Examples of washingtonian

  • No Washingtonian has ever been up to the top of the Washington monument.

  • According to the Washingtonian custom, one of the new photographs appeared the following Sunday in each of the four newspapers.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • Sam, also, was a Washingtonian, having been brought out in the same gang with Rose.

    Twelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup

  • He passed his hand over his face, and crossed his knees, and then put on his Washingtonian air again.

    Within the Capes

    Howard Pyle

  • He seldom smiled, never joked, and had a Washingtonian reputation for veracity.

British Dictionary definitions for washingtonian


  1. of or relating to the city or state of Washington or their inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of the city or state of Washington
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