Definition of Jacobean in English:


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


  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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