American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or having to do with the reign of James I of England or his times.
- n. A prominent figure during this period.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to a person named Jacobus, Jacob, or James specifically to James I., King of England, 1603–25 (who was also James VI. of Scotland from 1567), or to his times; also, in occasional use, to James II., King of England (1685–88, died 1701): as (with reference to the former), Jacobean architecture or literature. Jacobean architecture differed from the Elizabethan chiefly in having a greater admixture of debased Italian forms.
- adj. Relating to a Jacob or James.
- adj. Relating to or characteristic of the reign of James VI and I (of Scotland and England).
- n. A partisan of James I and of the House of Stuart.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to James the First, of England, or of his reign or times; especially, pertaining to a style of architecture and decoration popular in the time of James I.
- n. any distinguished personage during the reign of James I of England.
- adj. of or relating to James I or his reign or times
- n. any distinguished personage during the reign of James I
- From New Latin Jacobaeus (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin Iacobaeus, from Late Latin Iacōbus, Iacobus, James, Jacob; see Jacob. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For example, in Jacobean theater, this is done through the vehicle of the fall of the Roman Republic (Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Jonson's Sejanus, Shakespeare's Antony, etc).”
“Fortunes of Nigel shows how the introduction of the "Ordinary" eating house in Jacobean London provides an exclusive social space for those with "good clothes and good assurance," in contrast to unrefined pleasures of the tavern.”
“This is particularly the case in embroideries of the type of what is commonly known as Jacobean, where the ground fabric is extensively visible, as it is also in that wondrous achievement, the Bayeux tapestry worked in coarse wools upon homespun linen and therefore quite miscalled”
“This does not mean, however, that one is safe in buying anything called Jacobean or Queen Anne or Georgian.”
“Chippendale and Sheraton design which, though fresh from the workman's hands, looked older than the originals from which they had been plagiarized; also I recall a Jacobean refectory table, the legs of which appeared to have been eaten half away by time, but which had, in reality, been "antiqued" with a stiff wire brush.”
“The "Jacobean" pile high on the hillside is so only in name, for it was built by the architect of Big”
“The canopies on the south side were wrecked by the fall of the spire in 1660, and those over the eight easternmost stalls were then reconstructed in the 'Jacobean' style with”
“Whenever I have occasion to go to my "Jacobean" chest of drawers (chests of this type are said really to belong to the end of the seventeenth century) the softness and ease with which the drawers run always gives me”
“A beautiful eighteenth-century chest of drawers really is almost as easy to manipulate as my "Jacobean" chest.”
“The chests of modified "Jacobean" type -- belonging, one may suppose, to the early eighteenth century -- still show these grooves for the drawers to run on.”
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