Definition of Elizabethan in English:


Syllabification: E·liz·a·be·than
Pronunciation: /iˌlizəˈbēTHən


  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I: a lady in Elizabethan dress
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    • Marlowe and Shakespeare dominated late Elizabethan drama, although they did not monopolize it.
    • He imagined the characters of Julius Caesar wearing Elizabethan dress, and equipped ancient Rome with a medieval invention - the mechanical clock.
    • It is repeatedly referred to in Elizabethan drama, and influenced the policy of Thomas Cromwell, Cecil, and Leicester.


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  • A person, especially a writer, of the time of Queen Elizabeth I.
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    • The Elizabethans clothed this quest in poetry.
    • Although he was to gain a posthumous reputation as the last of the great Elizabethans, in his interest in colonization as in so many other things Ralegh was the exception that proves the rule.
    • The name Sir Walter Ralegh conjures up images of gallant Elizabethans and daredevil mariners in small boats defying hordes of Spaniards.

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