Definition of Oxonian in English:

Oxonian

Line breaks: Ox¦on|ian
Pronunciation: /ɒkˈsəʊnɪən
 
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adjective

  • Relating to Oxford or Oxford University.
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    • Only there is a slight reek of hypocrisy in the old tales of Oxonian elitism.
    • Before its demise, my father liked to eat breakfast at the Plaza's Edwardian Room, a grand Oxonian ballroom space fronting Central Park South, and gaze out the giant arcade windows at the horse carriages clopping past.
    • Representing a broad swathe of rock and post-rock styles, their Oxonian origins showed in their playing, with almost every group offering a performance as spirited as it was rough and uneven.

noun

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Oxford.
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    • No such thing as Oxford beat the Sorbonne in football, thereby allowing the Oxonians to believe they are superior.
    • Even after Hopkins became a priest stationed in Oxford, though he avoided most Oxonians, he did, out of longstanding regard, seek Pater out.
    • Since Thursday already starts badly for at least 1,200 Oxonians, who have woken up to a pounding post-Park End hangover, it's not really got the potential for the best night out.
  • 1.1A member of Oxford University.
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    • The aristocratic Oxonian who had donned the India colours too in 1946.
    • He and his fellow Oxonians, he admitted, ‘do always like to write about something they know about’.
    • Riding this latest craze is Britain's latest Telly-don, the one-time economic historian, one-time Oxonian, now transplanted into post 9/11 America.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Oxonia (Latinized name of Oxford, from its old form Oxenford) + -an.

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