Definition of Shakespeare, William in English:

Shakespeare, William

Line breaks: Wil|liam Shake|speare
Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪkspɪə
 
/
( 1564–1616), English dramatist.

His plays are written mostly in blank verse and include comedies, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It; historical plays, including Richard III and Henry V; the Greek and Roman plays, which include Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra; enigmatic comedies such as All’s Well that Ends Well and Measure for Measure; the great tragedies, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth; and the group of tragicomedies with which he ended his career, such as The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. He also wrote more than 150 sonnets, published in 1609

Derivatives

Shakespearean

Pronunciation: /ʃeɪkˈspɪərɪən/
(also Shakespearian) noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • A recent Polish stage version turned the story into doom-laden Shakespearean tragedy.
  • As in true Shakespearean fashion, the tragedy ends in a sea of bloodshed and tears.
  • The rationale for the over-the-top mis-emphasis is clearly that the stage and auditorium are large, needing to be filled, and that the audience is liable to be unversed in Shakespearian language.

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