Definition of Oxonian in English:

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Pronunciation: /äkˈsōnēən/


Relating to Oxford, England, or Oxford University.
Example sentences
  • 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.


1A native or inhabitant of Oxford, England.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Someone who attends or has a degree from Oxford University.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: Ox·o·ni·an

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