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Edwardian

[ed-wawr-dee-uh n, -wahr-] /ɛdˈwɔr di ən, -ˈwɑr-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the reign of Edward VII.
2.
reflecting the opulence or self-satisfaction characteristic of this reign.
3.
noting or pertaining to the castle architecture of Edward I.
noun
4.
a person who lived during the reign of Edward VII.
Origin of Edwardian
1860-1865
1860-65; Edward (VII, I) + -ian
Related forms
Edwardianism, noun
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  • And now, in her secret vexation, she was moved to speak of the once famous Edwardian.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • The compliment was the greater because the Edwardian had not encouraged him.

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  • Mrs. East has been fainting and hysterical, and everything early Edwardian, so I sent for a doctor.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • All this was, however, an indirect result of the Edwardian conquest.

  • During the Edwardian period, the castle was enlarged and strengthened by the addition of the outer ward.

    Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire H. Thornhill Timmins
British Dictionary definitions for Edwardian

Edwardian

/ɛdˈwɔːdɪən/
adjective
1.
denoting, relating to, or having the style of life, architecture, dress, etc, current in Britain during the reign of Edward VII
noun
2.
a person who lived during the reign of Edward VII
Derived Forms
Edwardianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Edwardian
adj.

1861, in reference to the medieval English kings of that name; 1908 in the sense of "of the time or reign of Edward VII" (1901-10), and, since 1934, especially with reference to the men's clothing styles (cf. teddy-boy, 1954, for which see Teddy). From Edward + -ian.

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