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Jacobean Syllabification: Jac·o·be·an
Pronunciation: /ˌjakəˈbēən/

Definition of Jacobean in English:


1Of or relating to the reign of James I of England: a Jacobean mansion
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  • Machiavelli himself, author of groundbreaking comedies such as the Mandragola, became a proverbial figure of evil on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage.
  • Britain's leading composer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, Byrd's large, varied output included English anthems and consort songs, Latin motets and masses, and keyboard and instrumental consort music.
  • Shakespeare studies call for a thorough knowledge of a wide spectrum of pre-Shakespearean, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, the Elizabethan stage and dramaturgy.
1.1(Of furniture) in the style prevalent during the reign of James I, especially being the color of dark oak.
Example sentences
  • Church dates from 1436 and contains attractive Jacobean pews and pulpit.
  • Other Cottier furniture in the Jacobean or northern Renaissance style is made of ebonized or painted mahogany.
  • A large, open-arm, upholstered armchair is in the corner, and a wooden armchair with a pierced back splat in the Jacobean / colonial revival mode is in front of the chimney-piece.


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A person who lived during the Jacobean period.
Example sentences
  • The approach of Elizabethans and Jacobeans to non-Europeans was normally commercial and pragmatic.
  • For Dryden, the contrast between the First and Second Temples is symbolic of the relationship between contemporary Caroline poetry and that of the great Jacobeans.
  • He compares the preoccupation with the extremes of the Jacobeans to the extremes of recent playwrights.


Mid 19th century (in use earlier with reference to St. James): from modern Latin Jacobaeus (from ecclesiastical Latin Jacobus 'James', from Greek Iakōbos 'Jacob') + -an.

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